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The Toronto Police Association called for Sid Ryan to resign as president of the Ontario Federation of Labour after he suggested that “agents provocateurs” may be used to incite protesters during next week’s G20 summit. “His comments reported in the media are idiotic, irresponsible and inflammatory against the Toronto police,” said Mike McCormack, head of the 8,300-member union. “He should resign for defaming the police.”
Mr. Ryan has said he believes undercover officers will deliberately pick fights with the protesters to justify the summit’s security expenditure. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” Mr. McCormack said. “It’s obviously a cheap attempt at publicity. He should be writing fiction because obviously he isn’t dealing with reality. At the very least he should apologize to Toronto’s finest for his groundless attack.” Various protest groups have raised the spectre of agents provocateurs being used at the G20, after Quebec provincial police admitted that three officers disguised themselves as demonstrators during the protest at the North American leaders summit in Montebello, Que., in 2007.