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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Voices in the wilderness

What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, B.C. was alive with passionate, well-reasoned debate about the merits of enshrining "affirmative apartheid" in the province, by way of modern-day treaties giving special rights and privileges to aboriginal communities -- rights and privileges that would effectively establish a new order of government.

Some B.C. Liberals were at the forefront of the debate, arguing for equality before the law and against the creation of super-citizens. After the B.C. Liberals' took power, British Columbians voted in 2002, in a mail-in referendum, against the establishment of these de facto nation-states. But, although the results supported the official Liberal line, Gordon Campbell ignored them. In fact, he pulled a full, 180-degree U-turn.

The result is the Tsawwassen treaty, which enshrines many of the special rights the B.C. Liberals used to oppose. Only one brave Liberal MLA has spoken out against the deal, but his speech has done nothing either to deter the government or spark a new public debate.

Except, that is, on the editorial pages of the Tri-City News, where Mary Woo Sims and I debate the issue in our latest Face to Face showdown.

Posted by Terry O'Neill on November 6, 2007 in Aboriginal Issues | Permalink

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Gordon Campbell AKA George Custer.

Posted by: John | 2007-11-06 1:51:33 PM


But did the Chileans have to pay late fees on these overdue books?
THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO KNOW! :)

"Chile returns 3,778 books plundered from Peru's national library"

Chile on Tuesday returned 3,778 books that its military had taken from Peru's national library - more than 126 years overdue.

Chilean soldiers pillaged the library in 1881 after capturing the Peruvian capital, Lima, during the 1879-1883 War of the Pacific.

The volumes, written in Greek, Latin, French and Spanish, some with full-page colonial-era maps, dated from the 16th to 19th centuries. Chile shipped the books, most in excellent condition, to Peru this week via DHL, where they'll be returned to Lima's national library.

Posted by: obc | 2007-11-06 4:12:10 PM


Racial purity laws in Canada must be subject to greater scrutiny, especially when the government declares that some people are more equal than others because of their DNA.

Canadian race laws should demand tests from these newly created super-citizens to see if they're actually entitled to being a super-citizen, or just a percentage thereof.

In all fairness a racial grading system must be established so that all Canadians will know where exactly they stand before and under the law, this is the only way Canadians will know what laws apply to whom and by how much.

Posted by: philanthropist | 2007-11-06 5:16:28 PM


"In all fairness a racial grading system must be established so that all Canadians will know where exactly they stand before and under the law"

. . . or we could treat all Canadians equally. Just a thought.

Posted by: obc | 2007-11-06 5:30:06 PM


philanthropist, are you kidding? If that were done I doubt you would find a single one who qualifies.

This is another example of what Yoshi raised in another post concerning BC and Alberta, a case of dishonesty and betrayal by politicians. It is even worse in BC when one considers the alternative - NDP. Issues like this should go to referendum.

Digusting is all I can say.

Posted by: Alain | 2007-11-06 5:33:20 PM


Just a thought with the proliferation of 'First Nations', 'Inuit Nations', 'Metis Nations','Quebec Nation' imagine a 'Muslim Nation'....................Imagine the Muslim with their Dar-al-Islam mindset drooling at the prospect of joining the queue to create their [entitled} enclaves governed by a Sha'riah constitution! ...... Far-Fetched.........
!!!!! Mississauga comes to mind !!!!!!!
A wet-dream come true cessation handed out on a silver platter.

Posted by: Kamel Krazie | 2007-11-07 2:50:33 AM


This is one of several files where Campbell decided to out-NDP the NDP who, as you recall, Terry, intentionally lost the appeal of the McEachern ruling, setting the tone for the subsequent SCC rulings and treaty resolution models.

The ultimate result will be a rural BC where all resource industries and development, if viable will be subservient to an additional non-productive big brother consisting of entitlement-addicted souls living in communal homelands ruled by (mostly) corrupt individuals with at least 1/16 FN lineage. Indian Industry forever!

Posted by: John Chittick | 2007-11-07 10:26:55 AM


"Imagine the Muslim with their Dar-al-Islam mindset drooling at the prospect of joining the queue to create their [entitled} enclaves governed by a Sha'riah constitution! ...... Far-Fetched.........
!!!!! Mississauga comes to mind !!!!!!!"


Kamel Krazie's projection is not so crazy. Muslim enclaves have already been created around most major European cities including London and Paris. Parts are called "no go areas" for police i.e. the representatives of government/the people.


British police have actually made arrangements with local Muslim leaders to run by them any plans to search the Muslim community for terrorist activity!


Informed analysts such as Bat Y'eor (author of "Eurabia") believe that such areas will become more and more demanding of a "law unto themselves" i.e.sharia and resistant to assimilation, that they will spread (highest birthrate) and coalesce into parallel governments leading to balkanization of Europe as a stage toward complete Islamization.


We in Canada already have the precedent of "no go areas" for our government representatives/police which are on some Native reservations or areas of illegal occupation by Natives such as Caledonia in Ontario.


The mishandling of the Native file is a wedge that will weaken Canada as much if not more than past catering to Quebec separatist fantasies.


Canada is full of groups (including provinces) who act like spoiled children, demanding eternal privileges and allowance without growing up and shouldering an equitable work load and paying for their own wish list.

Posted by: tarkus | 2007-11-07 3:34:17 PM



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