IDLE NO MORE
Chiefs of Ontario – BILL C-45, JOBS AND GROWTH ACT NOT TO BE RECOGNIZED OR ENFORCED BY FIRST NATIONS IN ONTARIO
Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy along with members of the Chiefs of Ontario Political Confederacy comprising of—Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Anishinabek Nation, Grand Council Treaty #3, Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians and Independent First Nations—representing close to 250,000 First Nations in Ontario, reiterated the position of the Chiefs that Bill C-45 will not be enforced or recognized by their First Nations.
UBCIC – First Nations Demand Harper Government Honour Constitutional Duty to Consult Regarding China FIPPA
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the UBCIC, stated “The UBCIC calls on the Harper Government to ensure that Canada fulfills its duty to consult and accommodate First Nations on FIPPA consistent with the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent as identified in Article 19 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Any further effort to ratify this agreement will adversely impact our inherent rights and territories forcing First Nations to take immediate legal action.”
STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT FOR IDLE NO MORE MOVEMENT
Green Party – Green Party Supports #idlenomore Movement.
Liberal Party – Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the Crown-First Nations Relationship
Liberal Party – Conservatives’ confrontational approach sparks justified Aboriginal backlash
Liberal Aboriginal People’s Commission – Send a note of Support to Chief Spence
NDP –Letter from the Leader of the Official Opposition to the Prime Minister regarding the rights of First Nations
CUPW statement of solidarity with Chief Spence
PSAC – Idle no More – Grassroots First Nations movement building momentum
National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) – National Union calls on Prime Minister to meet with First Nations Chief on hunger strike
Lead Now – DONATE to help the Hupacasath First Nation in BC file a legal injunction to stop the Harper government from ratifying FIPA, the secretive and extreme Canada-China investors’ deal.
IDLENOMORE INSPIRATION– Fabulous Music Video
HARPER GIVEAWAY OF CANADIAN JOBS AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Financial Post (Diane Francis) – Ottawa’s new foreign takeover rules won’t work in the real world
(Note the author – Diane Francis is no leftie.)
Frankly, CNOOC’s bid should have been rejected out of hand and the company sent packing until Canadians could have a proper policy debate and conversation about the future of our country’s economic structure. They should have been told that clear guidelines and definitions were needed and no one need apply until that was completed.
The Tyee – Chinese Firms Bringing Own Workers a Global Pattern: Expert
“I don’t think that the average Canadian can imagine that China is strategically working to not only steal Canadian resources at cheap prices, but to also deprive Canadians of the jobs to exploit those resources.” Navarro added the controversial Nexen deal also showcases ineptitude in dealing with China by Canada’s leaders.
Vancouver Sun – Enbridge can’t deny islands, Great Bear Rainforest
To say, as Enbridge keeps repeating, the Northern Gateway pipeline and tankers project doesn’t go through the Great Bear Rainforest flies in the face of geography every bi as blatantly as Enbridge’s advertisements, which “disappear” islands along the proposed tanker route. With this one statement, Enbridge attempted to remove a First Nation from the Great Bear Rainforest, ignore globally recognized agreements, dismiss coastal ecosystems, and deny responsibility for tankers.
A BIT OF HOPE HERE
U.S. must approve sale of Nexen to Chinese
While only a fraction of Calgary-based Nexen’s holdings are in the United States, if the sale to a Chinese state-owned company gets the green light from U.S. government regulators, the People’s Republic of China will have a firm stake in oilfields in the Gulf of Mexico.
SHUTTING DOWN DEMOCRACY
Montreal Gazette – Written questions from MPs cost taxpayers $1.2 million
It cost taxpayers an estimated $1.2 million for answers to 305 written questions tabled in the House of Commons by members of Parliament during a three-month period in early 2012.
The $1.2 million figure came in response to a written question from Tory backbencher Brian Jean, who feels the opposition should be limited in the number of written questions it puts to the government.
Toronto Star (Susan Delacourt) – Do you believe in conspiracy theories?
Meanwhile, the Conservative Party of Canada went to federal court this week wearing a tinfoil hat as well, saying all this talk of fraudulent voter-suppression calls during the last election was the product of a left-wing scheme to unseat Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government. Conservative party lawyer Arthur Hamilton aggressively made this the centre of his arguments against the lawsuit by the Council of Canadians as the trial opened.
AND YET ANOTHER COURT CASE….
Vancouver Sun – Court rules federal government failed to consult aboriginals on land in Winnipeg
In his written decision, Hughes said the government was “egregious” in not consulting the First Nations. “Canada did not fulfil its obligations. It did not disclose relevant information that it had. It did not respond in a meaningful way to concerns raised,” Hughes wrote.
ATTACK ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL PROGRAMS
Globe and Mail (Gerald Caplan) – Fantino needs to learn more about international development
The minister wants to reverse the entire purpose of his already demoralized ministry. Instead of it trying to benefit poor countries, he wants CIDA to significantly benefit Canada. Canadian aid, he declares, must involve Canadian self-interest: “Canadian values, Canadian business, the Canadian economy, benefits for Canada.”
Toronto Star – Canada gets human rights failing grade from Amnesty International
Amnesty said that the Harper government has “dramatically undermined and rapidly dismantled” support for public policy debate in which diverse views are aired. At the same time, whistleblowers on nuclear safety, RCMP oversight, prisoner transfers in Afghanistan and veterans’ rights have been “dismissed or publicly derided by senior members of the government.”
Toronto Star (Martin Regg Cohn) – Time to put Flaherty on the spot
A 30-page discussion paper obtained by the Star lays out a clear path for affordable action. Prepared by federal officials after a year of painstaking consultations with their provincial counterparts, the document is remarkably clear-minded: Canada can, in fact, afford to shore up its disappearing pension system.
YOUR DAILY LIE
Toronto Star – Jim Flaherty claims ‘no surprises’ in budget Bill C-45
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty gave his “no surprises” message a snarky tone on Thursday, as he accused opposition MPs critical of legislative changes included with his omnibus bill of not having read the budget.
The Star did read the budget and (surprise!) there are a number of items in the 443-page second budget implementation bill — another omnibus collection of proposed legislative changes called Bill C-45 — that did not get a mention in the March 29 federal budget.
JUST PLAIN STUPID
APTN – Mohawk chiefs blast Toews over suggestion vigilante gun violence ‘legitimate’against smugglers
During the meeting with property owners, Toews heard stories of smugglers burning or vandalizing the property of residents who refused to cooperate, cottages being invaded and smugglers offering large sums of cash to residents to keep quiet, according to the newspaper report.
Toews suggested they could use guns on the smugglers if there was a “legitimate” reason. “We’re changing the laws on self-defence and your right to protect your property,” Toews told the gathering. “I’m not advocating that people use (guns) but if there’s a legitimate….”