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Wednesday February 15, 2006
Former Ontario Premier Mike Harris denied unequivocally
on Tuesday that he used a profane slur against natives
during an emergency meeting on the day of a deadly
standoff 10 years ago at Ipperwash Provincial Park.

In November, former Ontario attorney general Charles
Harnick told the Ipperwash inquiry that he heard Harris
say, "I want the fucking Indians out of the park" during a
meeting with senior government officials at the height of
the standoff.

"I absolutely did not say that, or words to those effect, or
use that adjective at any time during this meeting," Harris
told the inquiry on Tuesday.

"The adjective is not foreign to me, but not the kind of
language I would use at any kind of a meeting like the
meeting we were at."

Several others who attended the 1995 meeting, such as
former deputy solicitor general Ellen Todres and former
solicitor general Bob Runciman also deny Harris made the

The Chiefs of Ontario, a coalition of First Nations leaders,
issued a statement late Tuesday expressing disappointment
that Harris "is not willing to accept any responsibility" for
George's death.
Harris denies using slur during Ipperwash meeting
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