Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper refuses to personally meet with aboriginal leaders, Harpers position is that Chief Spence’s hunger strike is a form of blackmail, and he cannot give into blackmail, however Harper has in the past met with corporate CEO’s when they have demanded to meet with him. When Chief Spence was question about Harper’s allegation of blackmail she explains that why the meeting has to take place with him and not the minister of Indian Affairs is from previous experiences of working with ministers as Chief Theresa Spence explains:
“Cause we deal with his little ministries before they don’t really work with us, they always put a band aid solution”
She further adds
“No, it is not blackmail, may be for him it is blackmail, but for me it’s a voice to him it’s time for a meeting.”
Harper seems to be emulating former British Prime Minister Margret Thatcher in his hard line approach to Chief Spence’s Hunger Strike. In 1981 a hunger strike against Margret Thatcher, Thatcher refused to make any concessions which resulted in the death of 10 of the hunger Strikers. Bobby Sands one of the hunger strikers who was elected to Parliament was one of the ten who died. Will Harper’s stubbornness on this matter have the same outcome as the Thatcher outcome?
The Harper Omnibus Budget Bill is a bill that allows Corporate and Business development of Canada’s natural resources at the expense of all Canadians. The bill removes environmental restrictions, gives greater access to exploit reserve land, and diminishes the scope of many of Canada’s social program that once benefited Canadians.
Recently, Harper passed legislation to allow employers to hire workers 15% less than the going rate under a new program “Temporary Foreign Workers Program”. Under the Harper Tyranny Canada has become a transnational Corporation with Harper the chief CEO.
In conjunction with the Idle no more movement, Canadians can expect in the upcoming months the call for a general strike throughout the country and a call for Harper to Step down.