June 28, 2016

Environmental activist Indian chief suddenly BACKS oilsands project. What will Trudeau, Notley do now?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

A few years ago, the Fort McKay Indian band sued oil companies and the Alberta energy regulator, claiming that oilsands development encroached upon its traditional hunting territory, and they weren’t consulted thoroughly.

But they didn’t really want to stop the oilsands — it was a negotiating tactic to extract millions of dollars in concessions from the oil companies.

Today this band of only 700 members earns more than $70 million a year from the oilsands, on top of transfers from Ottawa.

Now the band's Chief Jim Boucher is in the news again:

Proposing a new, Indian-owned oilsands mega-project.

Boucher’s shakedown of the oilsands company back in 2014 was a disgrace. But this guy knows how to operate.

If he can target the main enemy of his peoples’ prosperity —  every whining eco-activist blocking pipes, especially Justin Trudeau, who couldn’t be any whiter if he was in the Klan — well, maybe this Indian chief is my kind of guy.

WATCH to see how I think this story will end…

NEXT: National Post columnist Barbara Kay joins me to talk about the left's fury over Jason Kenney's Aboriginal Day tweet, and why they're guilty of misusing one of their own favourite words: "Indigenous."

THEN: As Venezuela descends further into chaos, Venezuelan expert Israel Ortega comes on to discuss what a post-Madura regime might look like.

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

(Photo credit: Fort McKay First Nation)

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commented 2016-06-30 12:05:04 -0400
John Landry all it would do is feed his army even better, are you really that stunned that you cannot figure it out.
commented 2016-06-29 19:40:39 -0400
So— Whom is running Venezuela ?
It is not the Corporations .
It is not the People —they are starving.
So -whom is left ?
Maybe we should ask Justin or Obama.
commented 2016-06-29 18:55:45 -0400
The rulers of Venezuela won’t let the corporations and banksters take control of their resources and that’s why they are struggling. Anglo-American imperialism and the stubbornness of Venezuela’s ruling class is the reasons for their plight. On top of that there is no reason why, if we are truly humanitarian, that we cannot ship food to Venezuela, but we do not. We pretend it’s about democracy and that we care about those people, but our actions, stupidity and ignorance tells a different story. If we really cared we’d do a food drive for those poor people, but no such effort, even when they themselves could easily pay for it in oil transfers.
commented 2016-06-29 18:24:48 -0400
“Not consulted enough” is double speak for, “Not paid enough”.
commented 2016-06-29 16:51:58 -0400
Imagine if an Indian learned to play ‘White Politics" with the best of the Liberals. He has learned to play the Government against the Corporations against the Environmentalists .
He is making a Killing. He has figured the system out .
He has no problem ’flip -flopping’. Why should he?
But, but——The Red man always keeps his Word .
Indians are supposed to be held to higher standards than White people and actually keep their word ?
Good for you Chief.
commented 2016-06-29 13:49:45 -0400
Mr, Elder, your insight is one of many possible ‘olive branches’ in the service of the Greater Good.
commented 2016-06-29 13:45:10 -0400
The things these clever extortionists, along with their legal cabal, love more than anything, is money, power and proselytizing their self-righteousness (the root causes of all evil). Apologists, SJW’s and scum bag lawyers have vociferously exploited the ‘poor me’ meme and utilized relativism to the full extent in belligerently claiming victim-hood and subsequently, projecting their full attack on ‘the white man’ as the cause of their perceived plight, when in reality, it is a result of their doing, or lack thereof.

Not all, but many of these people are the worst offenders of the accusations hurled at ‘the white man’ with abuse and corruption running deep within their governance and organizations. The MSM, politicians, et al, are reluctant to speak the truth about the realities of what is really going on within the Indian communities for fear of offending and straying from the politically correct establishment. Common people who know the truth avoid these issues for fear of attack by the MSM, SJW’s, et al, as well as, to avoid personal endangerment and property destruction by Indians.

Some of us have witnessed and experienced the truth of the matter firsthand for an entire lifetime as a result of living among them and being constantly under attack for being a ‘white man’. It is a travesty and a disgrace to watch the false narrative MSM reporting and the spineless politicians in regard to these matters. Many Indian friends have spoken openly about all of this, but are less inclined to do so as time goes forward, for fear of reprisal and losing the entitlements.
It is time generations of reverse-discrimination and false victim-hood comes to an end. It’s time these people collectively become accountable and responsible. It is either assimilate fully into society as equal and productive citizens (preferably); or, if self-government is to exist, then become self-funded, accountable and responsible, without recourse, to ‘the white man’.

In the realm of fairness and common sense, why couldn’t, or shouldn’t, ‘the white man’ tax Indians for all of the goods and services ‘the white man’ provided to the Indian people, for which, they have utilized and enjoyed and continue to do so? Couldn’t we re-interpret the meaning of any previous agreements, as well, to justify this, just like the land claim settlements were? Perhaps we should go back in time and collect the money owing to ‘the white man’ for all of that? Wouldn’t that be reasonable and fair? There may be plenty of blame on both sides, but isn’t it time to put an end to this senseless never-ending battle of perceived inequality and discrimination for the sake of the Greater Good for All?
commented 2016-06-29 13:19:42 -0400
“Traditional hunting grounds” what a cruel joke this overworked lie has become. These people stopped living the neolithic hunter gatherer roll the day they discovered trade goods and white guilt.

I have nothing but respect for the natives who abandon the hand to mouth welfare existence and see opportunity to work hard and earn good money in northern development projects as the only way to freedom and independence.

Phase 2 in this evolution is we need less native drillers and rig pigs and more native engineers and owners in the patch.
commented 2016-06-29 12:44:01 -0400
Chief Boucher has taken a small band, abet on a layer of oilsands, and has developed it into a multi-million dollar empire benefiting his band. To do this he did not take the handout route but he used every tool available to him. Kudos! I only wish some (any) of our politicians has his smarts. I would enjoy seeing an interview with the Chief. With the present capital strike against the NDP, Chief Boucher’s project may be the only one to get the go ahead in the next three years. maybe he would want to also develop a pipeline?
Love that clip on ice cover. Could you post a link to it
commented 2016-06-29 11:48:25 -0400
I’m guessing the mainstream media will do their best to pretend the Fort McKay Indian band doesn’t exist now.

Political correctness was designed to attack Western culture from the start. The concept of the “noble savage” has led to disaster – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqUiE-vJ-64

Why is oil rich Venezuela broke – socialism. The political class is doing great though, aren’t they. Obama & other Western socialists are busy pretending Venezuela doesn’t exist.
commented 2016-06-29 10:50:30 -0400
Metis are “blue eyed Indians” playing the game to the hilt for all they can get. Louis Riel was only one-eight Chipewyan on his maternal side. He had blue eyes and everyway was French.

Louis Riel’s children, had they lived, and any grand children he had, would be one-sixteenth and one-thirty second native. Would they be Metis too and entitled to benefits from the rest of us suckers? You bet they would be!
commented 2016-06-29 09:05:59 -0400
Steve Hicken tend to agree but I work with quite a few in the oil sands who don’t like trudeau or big gov, and supported oil sands all along. Likely he is smart enough to realise that trudeau is weak and it will be very easy to get what he wants. I’m all for this as companies Indians run employ thousands and keep families working, Just keep the gov out of things, WE DONT NEED THEM OR ALBERTAS USELESS INVISIBLE ENERGY MINISTER TELLING US ANYTHING. AND THAT ALSO GOES FOR THE FED ENERGY /(MUSIC TEACHER) minister.
commented 2016-06-29 08:51:13 -0400
The Indians have always been on the Liberals side. At some point Trudeau will be told to build the pipeline to B.C. for the simple reason they need cash if their spend billions on whatever. Then he will cut a deal with Notley and Clark and the pipline will be quietly built
commented 2016-06-29 08:50:30 -0400
There are more than just him who are in support, the MSM and the liberals just don’t want to give them any respect or time on the air, be funny to see the liberals scrambling to head this one off. I am all for this, lots of Albertans and natives can and will go to work for him and make any company he starts a very successful operation. Its what we do in alberta foreign concept to liberals people doing things without gov intervention, They seem to think we need them for everything, LIBERALS HAVE NEVER UNDERSTOOD ALBERTA AND NEVER WILL. SAME FOR NOTLEY AND HER USELESS NDP
commented 2016-06-29 08:16:08 -0400
Ezra, you need to use that “ice coverage of Canada over time” graph next time you’re talking “climate change” with a Canadian warmist. Have the accompanying sea level changes at your fingertips. That natural climate change dwarfs the worst cases that are used to terrify schoolkids.
commented 2016-06-29 08:09:03 -0400
The MSMERS are starting their preemptive political strike strategy against JASON KENNY

The Indian Chiefs are starting to say to the vacouse pm - hey ! , we were just kidding to help get you elected - wink wink -— but oh what a vacouse INCDOOGE

Your going to see more Chiefs come out as they see their opportunities slip away

A very good compact show tonight
commented 2016-06-29 03:06:06 -0400
Keith Richards i truly wonder if even that would make the useful idiots think.
commented 2016-06-29 02:41:00 -0400
If the environmentalists butt heads with the natives, which side will the media and government side with?
commented 2016-06-29 01:54:11 -0400
Drew Wakariuk commented 26 mins ago
When will people learn , just like in the US , the left wants you in a nanny state so they can control you.

When gulags start showing up.
commented 2016-06-29 01:26:34 -0400
When will people learn , just like in the US , the left wants you in a nanny state so they can control you.
commented 2016-06-29 01:25:44 -0400
Gotta love it, i am sure Notley or Justin will make up some BS about how they brought the 2 sides together.
commented 2016-06-29 01:05:02 -0400
Ezra, I enjoy all your shows, you have such a way of relating a story.
The description of Chavez & what he stood for by your guest brought Notley to mind, because she is doing much of the same, keeping investors away with all of her regressive policies.
As for the chief, he is one smart cookie. I don’t agree with his tactics, acting like a bully to cash in, however he has business smarts & I think that Egan & Notley will let him be because he is Indian & they wouldn’t dare refuse him.
God forbid that Indians become prosperous may be Trudeau’s thinking because how could he & his gov’t stop those handouts, isn’t that their mandate?
commented 2016-06-29 00:38:03 -0400
I think I’d just like correct one of Barbara Kay’s statements. She said Metis prefer being called Indians. I can’t speak for any other Metis, but I don’t. I wouldn’t throw a hissy fit if someone called me an Indian, mind you, but it’s just inaccurate. I would call myself someone with aboriginal ancestry, someone of mixed blood, a Metis or most commonly, I would just call myself Maurice. But I have never call myself an Indian, or ever heard any other member of the Metis community refer to themselves as Indian. In fact, when Barbara said it in the interview, it was the first time I ever heard it. Of course, I’m out here in BC; What Metis call themselves back east I have no ideas.
commented 2016-06-29 00:04:10 -0400
I think it’s a good thing the Indians are getting in on the industry
the only Indigenous people are from Ethiopia the rest of us are migrants or immigrants
commented 2016-06-28 23:12:21 -0400
There was nothing inaccurate or poorly-worded about Jason Kenney’s Aboriginal Day tweet. Who can argue against the DNA evidence that points to the Asian origin of first nations people? Kenney’s critics like to accuse him of engaging in dog-whistle politics, while at the same time the very mention of his name causes them to instantly slobber like Pavlov’s dog.
commented 2016-06-28 21:57:55 -0400
so let him get away with it, and refuse to work for the extorthtionest.
commented 2016-06-28 21:35:30 -0400
Just another deceptive and money hungry so-called privileged, entitled, rich Indian chief.