December 30, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: FOI docs reveal Feds ready to go to bat for Cleveland Indian name ban

Andrew LawtonRebel Commentator

In October, an aboriginal architect in Toronto, Douglas Cardinal, unsuccessfully tried to get an injunction against Rogers and Major League Baseball to prevent broadcast of a Toronto Blue Jays versus Cleveland Indians game. 

His reason was that the Cleveland Indians’ name and mascot—Chief Wahoo—were discriminatory and offensive to him and other aboriginals.

While the injunction failed, documents obtained under access to information show the federal government was prepared to publicly pressure the team to change its name.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett’s office had requested a question period card—responsive lines to possible questions posed in the House of Commons—about the injunction request, suggesting a line that called for the name and logo to be “abandoned.”

“The name and image are derogatory, disrespectful and de-humanizing towards Indigenous peoples, and should be abandoned,” the line read, according to the documents—many of which were redacted.

More curiously, the documents also show that department staff—who aren’t partisan ministerial aides—were refusing to fact check or approve the lines, offering only translation services.

In October, Bennett’s department was dealing with issues surrounding Shoal Lake, budget money, youth suicides and education, but still decided to interlope in a matter regarding a privately owned sports team from the United States.

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commented 2016-12-31 20:50:45 -0500
Bill Elder mostly they fight safe battles such as this due to their cowardice and stupidity and laziness , tackling real problems may put you in an unsafe position , and it requires work and effort as well, so they just pick easy , safe causes. The worst part is they thump their chests afterwards like they conquered some dangerous nemesis.
commented 2016-12-31 17:01:52 -0500
I still think they should call themselves “The Fighting White Farmers”. Show the professionally offended that we can handle a sense of humour.
commented 2016-12-31 02:31:50 -0500
Whatever happened to First Nation…..Natives……Indians…….Aboriginal…….
Who wants to take a crack at the next descriptive term?
commented 2016-12-31 02:19:53 -0500
I remember reading something about the name coming from respect and to honour an Indian player on the team. Something about him being beyond an excellent player and so the team name Indians.
commented 2016-12-31 02:07:25 -0500
Of all the stupidest things to protest over.
commented 2016-12-31 01:13:21 -0500
Bill Elder; Couldn’t have said it better myself. Actually, I couldn’t have said it at all. 😆
commented 2016-12-30 21:26:04 -0500
With all the problems plaguing mankind, it does not surprise e the microscopic intellects of the fed-left pick a pointless issue like this as their hill to die on. I signals a jumping the shark moment for insane leftist identity pogroms.

The dogmatic left to this day continue to combine an almost pathologically intense importance for politicizing everything with a seemingly equally intense inclination toward political foolishness, – often crossing over into the realm of the politically suicidal – part of the current politically suicidal leftist memes is to see racism in every non-brown person or non left opinion. This is intellectual and political suicide on an ideological scale and tells me the effluvium of leftist extremism is nearing its event horizon where it will implode into its own super dense irrelevance.
commented 2016-12-30 21:20:24 -0500
Yeah , what DEBORAH said , mind their own business
They’re virtue signaling to Liberal Indians , and every body knows it now including the Liberal minority groups, and by judging of the last years performance they’re losing ground
commented 2016-12-30 19:29:34 -0500
Lets see now. Cleveland Gay Bashers. Cleveland Blacks. Cleveland Republicans. Cleveland Muzzies. Cleveland Mohawks. Cleveland Liberals (no too offensive) Cleveland Snowflakes (no too soft).
Fuck it stay Indians
commented 2016-12-30 14:40:55 -0500
Ban Elmer Fudd too. He makes fun of hunters and hurts my fweelings!
commented 2016-12-30 14:11:09 -0500
Rename the team The Caucasians.
commented 2016-12-30 13:59:08 -0500
What Deborah said. When are our tax payer funded government employees going to figure out what their job description is. I think it’s time to issue them all a manual with everything spelled out as what exactly is pertaining to their job of running a country and what is definately not. We could call it Governing for Dummies.
commented 2016-12-30 13:30:12 -0500
What about the Minnesota Vikings (promoting a conquering race), Toronto Raptors (benefiting from an extinct species) or the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (insinuating the Irish fight and drink all the time).
commented 2016-12-30 13:26:49 -0500
That’s progressive thinking?

These Socialists just can’t let people think on their own.

And for that reason I hope the Indians win the whole dang thing this year.

Go Indians.
commented 2016-12-30 13:20:53 -0500
I wish there was some kick-ass sports team called the Metis’. Then maybe I’d even get behind them. (I’m not much of a sports fan).
commented 2016-12-30 13:19:04 -0500
As usual when the Liberals fail to make progress on issues of import, they set up a straw man to attack to make it look like they are earning their entitlements.
commented 2016-12-30 13:16:36 -0500
The government should mind their own business.
commented 2016-12-30 13:07:41 -0500
The Blue Jays? Isn’t that demeaning to the bird called the Blue Jay? It offends the poor bird and is disrespectful.
What about the Cubs? Disrespectful to all cubs the world over.
What is wrong with people naming sports teams after Indians, birds and animals.
No respect I tell ya, no respect. Shameful.
commented 2016-12-30 12:56:07 -0500
I guess when it was proven that Baby Doc and Bennett were outright liers with respect to the welfare of aboriginals, most notably the provision of potable being the very first priority of the Liberally Corrupt government, they had to come up with another smoke screen issue. Just like the umpteenth missing aboriginal women inquiry which we all know will have the resounding conclusion to have the umpteenth plus one more inquiry. Yep, the Lying Party of Corruption is back, sadly for aboriginals and all Canadians.

By the way, it was a happy moment in baseball for me when the INDIANS wiped the diamond with the jays. I was hoping they would then take the pennant, but I was happy for the Cubs.
commented 2016-12-30 12:52:22 -0500
these sjw and brainwashed snow flakes and lefties need to get a life , maybe get a job , but unfortunately i have heard the sports talk show commentators on TSN1040 complaining about the use of native names and they think they should be banned , i called them on it and they’re as brain washed as the rest of the lefties and want to force these owners to change the native names , my wife is native , she has no problem and neither does anyone on her side of the family .