In the secrecy of shuttered doors at Queen's Park, one of the few places in Toronto without a surveillance camera, Premier Dalton McGuinty and his Liberal cabinet met on June 2, 2010 to amend the wartime Public Works Protection Act, passing regulation 233/10, before the beginning of the G20.
This is the now infamous “five-metre rule”. This led to people being held by police for breaking the law, a law they could not possibly have known they were breaking. It created a great deal of chaos during the G20 and lead to the arrest and detention of hundreds of people.
Ontario's independent Ombudsman Andre Marin`s report titled 'Caught in the Act', stated the passing of the regulation was unreasonable and told reporters, "For the citizens of Toronto, the days up to and including the weekend of the G8/G20 will live in infamy as a time period where martial law set in the city of Toronto, leading to the most massive compromise of civil liberties in Canadian history, and we can never let that happen again."
The McGuinty Liberal Government knew what they were doing was wrong. They did it anyway.