I am at a loss for words. I truly am. Did someone put something in Ron Leroux’s water? Is he overmedicated to the point he doesn’t know what he’s saying and doesn’t remember from one minute to the next? I don’t know what’s going on, but something is seriously amiss. That certainly wasn’t the Ron Leroux I knew.
Truly, I watched in utter awe as Ron floundered his way through his first day on the stand. On one hand he said this now but on the other he said that 11 years ago. Then he said or implied Perry Dunlop and/or his lawyer must have put that in his statement because he, Ron, absolutely didn’t say that and wouldn’t have said it, but on the other when he gave a statement to this one that one and the other about witnessing a ritual where there were candles in altar boy’s bottoms he now says he actually never saw it all – he heard it from someone once upon a time and because he was angry he said he saw it!
And the scarce veiled animosity Ron now seems to have toward Perry Dunlop was a shocker. Ron doesn’t have to like Perry, and if there is a need to point out that Perry didn’t dot an “i” or cross a “t” that’s fair game. But the animus toward Perry Dunlop is foreign. Where did that come from? What prompted it?
Just by way of reminder, in the spring of 1999 Ron Leroux admitted to a CBC reporter that he was part of the paedophile ring. He admitted that he had sexually abused a young lad for years. Read the article, Breach of Trust. It’s posted on The Clan page – scroll down. This is the man who came back to Cornwall ready to take the stand and testify at any Project Truth trial knowing full well it would probably wind him in jail. He said wanted to clear his conscience.
Ron’s story about what he saw and heard and was prepared to testify were consistent for years. Now he takes the stand and we hear this jumble. And when questions are put to him he’s even asking Peter Engelmann if it’s alright for him to name certain individuals! Who is this?
I won’t detail any of Ron’s testimony to date – at the rate things are going it could change in the blink of an eye. Two of his statements are posted on his page. If you haven’t done so yet, take the time to read them. What’s in those is basically what he had to say for years. It seems that’s all changing now. In fact there were times today I got the distinct impression that Ron doesn’t seem to know what he’s saying or said. I’ll give one example: Ron now says Fathers Cameron and McDougald weren’t at Cameron’s Point the day he was allegedly molested by then Father Eugene Larocque. But I can tell you that I’ve personally heard him say they were. Now he says he absolutely never said that. What the heck is going on?
We’ll see what tomorrow brings….
Hearings resume at 09:30 am. Ron Leroux’ examination in chief will continue.