Perry has now spent 129 days in jail – for stepping up to the plate to protect children, and then daring to say he has lost faith in the justice system. This is the institutional response to allegations of childhood sexual abuse.
Hearings resume at 0930 hours (9:30 am) tomorrow morning, Friday 27 June 2008. Father Denis Vaillancourt has started testifying. He will return.
Perry is holding his own. He had “yard”time. He had a shower.
He told me yesterday he now has his canteen supplies. He stocked up on his weekly supply of chips: Doritos ( 3 bags), cheese popcorn (3 bags) and all dressed chips ( 1 bag). He also has lots of pepperoni sticks – a favourite.
Supper last night was a cold meal. That’s unusual. Bologna, bean salad and coleslaw. Not bad, but, not the greatest.
Former Chief Repa’s comments as promised below, those in which Repa pities Perry, and those in which he refers to the vilification of the Cornwall Police Service and the “outrageous and unsubstantiated allegations” in the media.
First, two thoughts and some questions:
(1) From what I hear I have concluded that lawyers have been running the Cornwall Police Service for years. Just how many years is up in the air;
(2) Former Chief Repa testified on Tuesday that he arrived in Cornwall in 1995 with no knowledge of the problems which had plagued both the community and the police service. He said he called and spoke to a Corporal L. Jenkins with the RCMP. According to Jenkins what he heard from Jenkins was the smuggling issues. The message conveyed by Repa was that he knew nothing of the CPS problems. He apparently did research on Cornwall and, it would seem, came up with nothing about the cover-up which had been all over the news.
Under cross-examination today Repa told Dallas Lee (Victims Group) that before his departure from the Halton police some people asked him “Are you sure you want to go there?” and “Have you not heard anything about Cornwall?” Repa said he didn’t follow up on that.
I am dumbfounded! Floored!!!
He didn’t have any interest in finding out what the caution was? He was relocating his family across the province to a new city and taking on a new job and he had no interest whatever?
That I’d say is, to put it mildly, passing strange.id anyone ask former Chief Repa if he is a Roman Catholic? If the question was posed I missed it.
If the question was posed and he responded in the affirmative was he asked if he is or ever was a member of the Knights of Columbus? Or what Church he attended?
(3) Did anyone ask Repa if he is a Roman Catholic? If yes and he answered in the affirmative, did anyone ask what church he attended in Cornwall? And if he is or ever was a member of the Knights of Columbus? And if during his time in Cornwall he had friendships with any diocesan clergy?
If no to posing the question, why did no one ask?
Now, back to pity and outrage:
(1) “I pity the man”
The following are former Chief Repa’s comments on Perry’s incarceration:
I understand Mr. Dunlop is serving a six month jail term for failing to testify at this Inquiry.
My understanding is when he appeared before whatever court it was in Ontario he appeared before, he was given a choice; either testify or you go to jail. Mr. Dunlop was not sentenced to jail by that court. Mr. Dunlop chose to go to jail for six months.
He was given a choice. He chose to not come before this Inquiry. He chose to go to jail. In other words, the power of this Inquiry, the power of the courts of Ontario couldn’t force or convince Mr. Dunlop to come here and testify. That was the same Mr. Dunlop that we were dealing with, that mindset to say, “No, I’m not going.” What normal human being, an ex-cop, would choose to go to jail?
He chose to go. The same Mr. Dunlop that chose to go, we were dealing with as Constable Dunlop.
I don’t understand why he chose jail. I don’t understand why we had to do all this with him. To say that he was in a civil litigation and that; well, my position is, Mr. Commissioner, and I — I just — I will not back down from it because of all my experience and training and his duty as a sworn — he took a sacred oath as a police officer; that was his primary duty. And to suggest that the whole system of justice in Eastern Ontario was corrupt; well, if that’s what he believed, I pity the man. I don’t know what else to say.
Perry did appear before the inquiry. Twice.
The fact that former Chief Repa fails to understand why Perry “chose” jail speaks for itself. And the fact Repa would say “I pity the man” because Perry thought the “the whole system of justice in Eastern Ontario was corrupt” is pitiful. That Repa fails to grasp that the latter no doubt in whole or in part explains the former speaks volumes.
(2) “Vilification”of the CPS
The following are former Chief Repa’s comments regarding the “villifation” of the CPS and other matters
My previous police experience with Halton, coupled with the training I received and the guidance of good leaders and chiefs of police made the transition to Cornwall an easy one and the issues as I have described to be manageable.
However, there was one issue that no amount of training or experience could ever have prepared me for and that was facing on a day-to-day basis what became the ever growing problems associated with what has been covered by this Inquiry.
I found that I was managing a Police Service that was continually being vilified in the media as an organization which protected pedophiles. This unbalanced attention was national in scope.
The source of these outrageous and unsubstantiated allegations being quoted in the media were in fact small groups of very vocal people and individuals who ought to have known better.
The officers who were named as the ones who consorted with and protected the pedophiles suffered the worst form of humiliation, as did their spouses and children. The other officers and staff bore the stigma collectively, albeit less painfully.
In spite of the imposed negative environment, I observed that the staff did not let it interfere with their productivity. In fact, the clearance rates were consistently at or above the average.
Some mistakes were made and in a few cases time-lines were far too long. That was wrong and should never have happened. However, the very good work far outweighed the mistakes.
Throughout this time period, I began to appreciate that the police are easy targets. They are crippled in their ability to defend themselves by their oath of office which includes the Police Services Act Order of Confidentiality.
We simply could not respond to the media. I shall be forever grateful to those of my staff who honoured their oath of office and soldiered on so professionally.
I found that our staff focused on the positive rather than the negative and this was clearly evidenced by the many and varied accomplishments and the pride with which they grew our organization.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the great number of charitable fundraising and community events which they were consistently involved in. I was both proud and honoured to have been given the opportunity to serve the citizens of Cornwall as their Chief of Police and to have served in the company of such fine civilian staff, special constables and police officers.
Mr. Commissioner, I have only one request and that is that at the end of this Inquiry, after the last witness has testified, if you find that no member of the Cornwall Police was involved in any criminal cover-up, then I respectfully request that you consider so stating very clearly, even to naming the innocent officers.
Your report will be a meaningful opportunity to have their names publicly cleared. These officers deserve no less.
There you go: some mistakes were made and a few case time-lines were far too long! Such teeny weeny glitches aside, all was hunky dorey – the good outweighed the bad, and one and all focused on the positive instead of the negative.
Where Perry Dunlop fits into this blissful scenario I have no idea.
A final note. We learned from Repa that the Halton police force reported all allegations of sexual abuse to the Children’s Aid Society.
My question: How did all those officers down in the that end of Ontario know they had a duty to report? and how – with the exception of Perry – did all those officers at the CPS not?
The CPS witnesses have finished. Unless officer Ron Lefebvre is obliged to testify, that’s the end of it.
The diocesan roster of witnesses has started.
Father Denis Vaillancourt took the stand and started his testimony.
Saints preserve us! Here we go. He doesn’t remember. He can’t recall.
This is the Chancellor of the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall! A canon lawyer!!
He doesn’t recall!! And he’s barely begun his testimony!!!
To make a bad situation worse, Vaillancourt is testifying in French. True there is simultaneous translation, but, if the feed goes down, that’s it. We’re in the dark. The transcripts in this bilingual country at a “public” inquiry are in French only.
The problems with this are already apparent. A storm system was sweeping through the region this afternoon – my feed was lost several times. I have no idea what was said, and, I won’t be able to find out. Unless things have changed the transcripts will be in French only!
Apparently there are 10 witnesses who will take the stand to testify as diocesan witnesses. That’s right. Ten. Only 10!! And, of those 10, apparently half will testify in French and half in English.
I think I will put in an official request to the commission to have the transcripts made available in both official languages. Others with a desire to follow and read this testimony should do likewise.
Ten!!! Only 10 witnesses will take the stand for the diocese. I can think of any number who should be taking the stand, but, 10 is it.
I think the diocese is getting away easy here 🙁 Wonder why? Perhaps because this is all about institutional response vs allegations of cover-up and a paedophile ring/clan pack it makes sense?
I wonder if by chance Bishop Luc Bouchard, the bishop of St. Paul, Alberta, is on the list?
Chad Kilger, hockey playing son of Cornwall Mayor and former Liberal MP Bob Kilger, has been suspended indefinitely without pay by the Florida Panthers.
Enough for now,