Stephen Harper Ignores Chief Spence’s Request to Meet with First Nation Chiefs, Harper Calls it Blackmail

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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.”

Courtesy of CBC
Courtesy of CBC

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.

Saint Mary’s First Nation initiates blockade in response to Prime Ministers Harper’s lack of consultation with the aboriginal people of Canada

Road Blockage on Dedham Street

In response to Harper’s Bill C-45, and his lack of consultation with Canada’s first nation’s people, natives throughout Canada have started various demonstrations ranging from hunger strikes to Road Blockades.

Alongside of other Native communities, Saint Mary’s set up blockade on Dedham Street from 12:00 to 16:00 in showing their objections to the Indian Act changes. The Blockade seem to have received much public support from passing motorists who showed their approval of the blockade by honking their horns.

Harpers Omnibus Budget bill encapsulated many other bills that will affect all Canadians in an aversive way, while putting more profits into the hands of the Global Corporations and making it easier for industrial development and exploitation of Canada’s natural resources at the expense of Canadians.

The changes that have been made to the Indian act allow the government to redistribute traditional native lands tracks. Previous to the changes it was difficult for the Corporations to simply, “Walk in rape and pillage the land” to satisfy their investors. In conjunction with the changes to the Indian Act, Harper has remove most of the protection that protected Canadian Waters from being contaminated by corporate and industrial exploitation.

According to one of the protesters at the blockade, Lawyers will be meeting with Chief Candice Paul discuss strategies to “Educate” the people about the changes and the ramifications of the Indian Act changes. It is not known at this time whether or not these Lawyers are being paid by the Harper administration or are they independent of the Political machinery and give and unbiased interpretation of the effects of the changes.

Sergeant-at-Arms Dan Bussières Threatens to Arrest aboriginals Should they remain at New Brunswick Legislature

By André Faust

Aboriginasl from the around the Maritimes battle aversive winter weather to ask the Provincial Government of New Brunswick to Oppose bill C-45 which is a sub set of Harper’s Omnibus Budget bill.  Under Bill C-45 The Indian Act is amended which when implement will allow for a redistribution of native reserve lands. The changes to the Indian Act were done without consultation with the First nation’s people.  Bill C-45 removes the existing environmental protection for rivers, lakes and water ways.

“It would have been a really bad Christmas,  had we’ve been arrested.”

Sergeant-at-arms-Dan Bussières
Sergeant-at-arms-Dan Bussières

Responding on behalf of the Province of New Brunswick Sergeant-of-Arms Dan  Bussières, warned the  spoke persons that if they did not leave the interior of the Legislation building the would be arrested and Jailed for their concern over the consequences of Bill C-14 on native rights.  After consultation with Native Elders it was decided that the delegation would leave the building rather than face incarceration.

It was the intention of the demonstrators to follow all house procedures, not pass leaflets posters, or  to bring drums or pens into the legislature, Bussières refused to believe their intention and denied entry to the gallery and threating them if they did not comply they would be arrested and Jailed.  As one spokesperson said “It would have been a really bad Christmas” had we’ve been arrested.   Bussières conduct was seen by some as outright and total disrespect for the first nation.

Harper’s Omnibus Bills put the screws to Aborignals and Canadians

Omnibus Bill
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By André Faust

The Omnibus bill is an accepted work around the democratic process of voting on bills. It’s a quick dirty way to get around in making unrelated and unfavorable changes to a fundamental law.

Essentially an Omnibus bill is a single document which has embedded within its body a series of related or unrelated bills that is packaged together as one law and the one law is voted on.  If the law is passed so are all the other bills contained in the document passed as well.  Think of an Omnibus bill, like the channel packages that your cable or satellite providers gives you, One Channel package my contain a couple of good channels and the remain channels shit channels, in order to get the good channels you have the purchase the package.  The omnibus bill is similar; to get the “Good Bills”,  you have to accept the “Shit Bills” as well. Continue reading