July 09, 2015

Trudeau's race-baiting promise is good news for corrupt First Nations chiefs

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Justin Trudeau promises that if elected PM, he'll review laws "imposed on First Nations people by Stephen Harper."

This promise betrays not only a misunderstanding of how the parliamentary system works, but a troubling attempt to racialize Canadian politics. Liberals used to stand for equality before the law, not two-tiered justice.

If Justin wants to improve the lives of ordinary First Nations people, he should vow to abolish the racist Indian Act.

Among other things, it takes away the rights of any Indian on a reserve to make his own last will and testament!

Instead, Trudeau opposes new legislation that simply compels chiefs to be more transparent about their salaries and other business.

Sounds great -- but not to Justin.

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commented 2015-07-14 20:17:25 -0400
I’m sorry, I guess I’m not making myself clear.
The Kivalliq Inuit Association just this week concluded a major development IBA for the Meliadine mine with Agneco Eagle. While the details of the Agreement are confidential, it includes substantial benefits for the Inuit of the region, who hold surface and subsurface rights, and control rights of entry and access to large areas of Inuit-owned land, by virtue of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.
The mine will lie outside the boundaries of any municipality.
By what legal means would the Inuit of Rankin Inlet, Whale Cove, Arviat, and the other Kivalliq Inuit settlements have negotiated the agreement in the absence of their Land claims agreement?
commented 2015-07-14 18:06:35 -0400
Geez Terry, in non Native communities when business comes to town, jobs happen, the tax base grows, communities are built and strengthened. The crown owns all non nativeland mineral rights, so the revenue sharing comes in the way of jobs, and a vibrant community.

Fort St. John has a huge tax base, from which to work, Fort mac as well. There have some corporate funded community programs,projects, perks, by way of sponsored Rec. centres, soccer fields, pools, parks. Remediation and cleanup standards are well laid out before projects begin.
Another is Castlegar, and the influence of the Columbia Basin Trust on that community,
commented 2015-07-14 08:25:04 -0400
“Also, do you have a comment on the fact that extraction companies do not purchase land outright, but only buy a lease to do the extraction.”
Nope. I don’t see it as relevant to my argument.
commented 2015-07-14 08:24:20 -0400
Can you provide me with a specific example of a community which, as a municipality, was able to negotiate “perks” that included resource revenue sharing, remediation and cleanup standards, and so on?
commented 2015-07-13 19:59:42 -0400
Also, do you have a comment on the fact that extraction companies do not purchase land outright, but only buy a lease to do the extraction.
commented 2015-07-13 19:58:10 -0400
So why do non native communities manage the same perks without gov. intervention? You missed my point.
commented 2015-07-13 19:10:26 -0400
" most extraction companies give back to the community by way of senior/rec centres, jobs etc."
Indeed they do. That’s because a long series of Supreme Court decisions has confirmed the formal duty to consult, and to negotiate Impact Benefits Agreements, remediation provisions, and so forth. Without Aboriginal rights and title, of course, they wouldn’t have to do that.
commented 2015-07-13 13:11:09 -0400
Terry says, "Since we’re citing specific examples, my wife’s reserve has just negotiated an agreement with Inco relating to exploration and potential development for mineral extraction. "

Thats good, most extraction companies give back to the community by way of senior/rec centres, jobs etc. Everything you mentioned is what happens when any extraction company comes to any town. They buy a lease to extract, they don’t buy land outright. The whole community benefits.
Since mineral rights don’t belong to the Crown on reserves, and I imagine that can never change, the community would profit more than most.
When do extraction companies ever buy land outright?

Some good points Rick.
commented 2015-07-11 09:17:54 -0400
Rick: I answered in the more recent thread. And without the snark.
commented 2015-07-10 21:47:35 -0400
“That, to the community (and to me) is a much better long term benefit than a flat out sale. AND, at the end of the mine’s forty year life cycle, the community still owns the land.” Typical “Indian Industry” answer. Let’s just perpetuate the current situation! It would not be a stretch to have a situation where the land is still “owned” but still under the auspices of the “community”. Condominiums are based on this principle and can negotiate as a “community”. Additionally, there could be qualifications for residency/ownership. This is done all the time with “Seniors Only” living accomodations etc. It just needs some creative thinking outside of “The Rez”. Seems to be in short supply in the “Indian Industry” which is just focussed on getting dollars any way they can. The “community” does not always benefit. Attiswaspiskat (not sure of the spelling) is a classic example of that, that “community” being the beneficiary of a diamond mine. Of course there are always those who oppose natives reaching their actualization in society as the rest of us, so go ahead and diss this! Racism at it’s worst!
commented 2015-07-10 13:49:02 -0400
“She gave up autonomy for the good of the chiefs…because who else benefits?
Potentially the community as a whole?
Since we’re citing specific examples, my wife’s reserve has just negotiated an agreement with Inco relating to exploration and potential development for mineral extraction. The negotiation has won the community a share of resource royalties; a guaranteed percentage of jobs and contracting opportunities, including technical training for paraprofessional positions; funding for an elders centre and an addition to the school; and a few other benefits.
That, to the community (and to me) is a much better long term benefit than a flat out sale. AND, at the end of the mine’s forty year life cycle, the community still owns the land.
commented 2015-07-10 13:11:24 -0400
As an aside, I asked a woman on a reserve if she would be interested in being given a part of the reserve to own in perpetuity, personally, and which she would then privately have rights to. The land would be divided evenly among all the members and become their private property. They would then have collateral to enable them to advance. At first she jumped at the idea and then, on consideration decided it would not be good because some members would sell their land and the reserve would be broken up…possibly with non-members living withing the reserve boundaries. She gave up autonomy for the good of the chiefs…because who else benefits?

I felt sad to think that the right we all have to property ownership is only possible if they leave the reserve,( find employment and save up the money to buy land…) and that the chiefs use this baton to keep the land under their control and maintain the funding they didn’t have to account for, until Harper. Since they didn’t have to disclose or explain their AUTOCRATIC use of the government money, the members of the reserve had no idea how much money the Federal government was giving to the TRIBE because the chiefs saw it as their own in many cases, and used it accordingly, even to control the people and as a stick to get their own way. Reserves are socialism at its worst, with an externally generated blank cheque to brow beat all the poor people who have no power unless they can please the chief in some way…sorry, this seems evil and I am thankful that Harper has required transparency here…it is LONG OVERDUE. The system is a failure and now cannot be fixed…the dependence has destroyed their sense of autonomy in most cases.
commented 2015-07-10 11:56:21 -0400
When I listened to the Justin the pretender speaking on this issue it was actually hard to decipher what he was really getting at. Of course the dramatic flair was front and center and the toxic partisan drag line was in full view and the symbolism and metaphors were thick and heavy – but what did he really say? If you cut through all the partisan jingoism and bromides, you get simplistic unworkable reactions to non problems – Did Justin smurf ask the natives who feel robbed by those who are misappropriating funding how they feel about accountability or was it just thee first grafting chief who phoned him? And just how does this “full partnership” in Canada take place when most first nations are seeking self imposed apartheid in being a nation within a nation – last question, is Truedough the lesser still spliffing up?
commented 2015-07-10 06:48:24 -0400
People should remember that it was under the Liberals that most of the current structure concerning the Indian Act was created and passed and that Liberals ran the government for a great deal of the time in which the residential schools operated and abused many. Alas, Justin and his handlers in the media still want you to think that Harper is a bigot and insensitive to natives and their concerns.
commented 2015-07-09 23:18:23 -0400
Trudeau the lesser is as dangerous to Canada as his mosque buddies. Luckily there are enough older folk around who remember Trudeau the elder and his destruction of our Canada
commented 2015-07-09 21:07:19 -0400
Trudeau is pandering only for votes. Trudeau knows that if he doesn’t do well in the election, the liberals who get rid of him. Such a dangerous child if he ever got in power! He would also be buddies with Iran! Who knows what he would let Iran have! Jesus helps us!
commented 2015-07-09 21:06:17 -0400
Fortunately, we won’t having to worry about Dead-Last Justin having to fulfill or backtrack on all these crackpot promises.
Now. About that Socialist throwback Angry Tom…
commented 2015-07-09 20:51:19 -0400
What True North said, and that leads to: it’s all about votes. Nothing else, especially not about actual policy, just getting the votes. He knows that there will be FN’s who aren’t committed to vote Liberal, who aren’t as up to speed on the realities of everything his pronouncement touches on, but they hear that sound bite promising to undo all the “bad” things that Harper has “imposed” on them, and viola! Instant Liberal! It doesn’t matter one bit how accurate, true, fair, or even real something is, the only thing that matters is that it’s the right words, at the right time, put in front of the right people to hear/read. Left wingers are really good at politics, getting themselves elected. Not much else, but they are pretty good at that. In this instance, because of the media imposed Liberal/NDP support mechanism in place, who’s going to call him on it? Ezra Levant? The bullshit in this story needs to be on CTV news, but sadly, it won’t be. That’s the real crime, and it’s an example of what we are going to see more and more of the closer we get to the writ. Trudeau and Mulcair will be making the stupidest lies real, while their lies will remain invisible. It’s going to be painful to watch.
commented 2015-07-09 19:59:51 -0400
Trudope, being a rich trust fund kid raised in the lap of luxury of course has an affinity for other rich people. That is why he is pitching to the rich chiefs. All part of the same club.
commented 2015-07-09 19:53:10 -0400
In Ontario Your last will and testament CAN be cracked open if it is deemed to be “racist”.

The Globe and Mail reports…
“A January ruling by Ontario Superior Court Justice Cory Gilmore has shifted the landscape in estate law, giving judges the power to strike provisions from a will because of the deceased person’s racist beliefs, even if the will contains no racist language.”


So much for “Your” will.
commented 2015-07-09 19:45:13 -0400
True North, you are right.

It is sad to know that the main stream media are not only doing everything in their power to manipulate the election so that the Liberals (or the NDP their second choice) win the election, bur once in office , they will cover any of his gaffs and outright screw-ups, and will refrain from asking him any tough questions, just as they do now.

Whatever happened to the journalistic principles these MSM types swore to uphold?
commented 2015-07-09 19:41:15 -0400
You took the words right out of my mouth True North.
commented 2015-07-09 19:38:53 -0400
This is just another example of how Le Bebe will say and do anything that will ingratiate him and his party with any minority or ethnic group to gain a few votes. He realizes that he will not have to live up to any of his promises because his apologists ( read popular press) will never hold his feet to the fire the way they do Prime Minister Harper and the Conservatives. This is all window dressing and after his election will never see the light of day
commented 2015-07-09 18:39:42 -0400
Um, exactly what legislation did Harper impose on First Nations? Seems to me I remember Chief Atleo agreeing to the legislation…
commented 2015-07-09 18:19:38 -0400
If Justin wants to act as dumb as most Celebrities—- then why not just dye his hair blonde ? Eventually people will grow weary of his nonsensical diatribe.
commented 2015-07-09 18:12:04 -0400
Stupid troodo flapping his gums again – what else is new?

The real question is how stupid are Canadians? It’s hard to understand how one could take troodo or muh-cair seriously, but there are Canadians out there stupid enough to want their socialist crap and are willing to (or unaware) pay more out of their taxes to pay for it. 25% HST here we come.

And then there’s the rest of Canada – 35% lock of Canadians will vote Conservative – and the rest? Well, we’ll just have to see in October.
Lovin’ those polls putting muh-cair out front – could you fkg imagine??
commented 2015-07-09 17:43:52 -0400
Trudeau and Mulcair want to protect corrupt union bosses and greedy FN Chiefs. It is funny how no brainer policies, like the transparency acts that are implemented to help protect the average worker or grassroots native seems to be a major oversight of these lefty progressives. This is very comical, but also very scary if either of the two idiots (Trudeau or Mulcair) become the next PM.
commented 2015-07-09 17:41:05 -0400
Spot on, Ezra. I couldn’t agree more!