Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Aboriginal Arab Spring, anyone?

"OTTAWA — Canada could face an Arab Spring-style “uprising” if Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn’t give a clear indication in his meeting with aboriginal leaders here Tuesday that he’s prepared to take their concerns seriously, a B.C. native leader warned Monday."

Over what, exactly? The endless billions in perpetual hand-outs from Canada? 

Or the fact that Indians get to have all the fruits of western culture handed to them while remaining flash-frozen in their own pre-industrial culture?

Fine. Throw out your eyeglasses, medicines, cars, snowmobiles, and iPhones and we'll end all our oppressive subsidies.

Wouldn't it be better to, you know, ditch the reserve, join Canada and get jobs and live productive lives like the rest of us? 

We would welcome you with open arms.

And that's the way the Ball bounces.


Anonymous said...

Exactly, no more entitlements, no more reserves and race based preferential treatment. All citizens should be equal.

maryT said...

Dave R, QR77 is really on a rant, saying bring it on.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm "Arab Spring" Correct me if I am wrong here but isn't that a process that ends with the despot Arab Dictators, dead or exiled?
The revolutionaries are then burdened with a "new" leadership which immediately oppresses the tribe.
I would like to see the reserves go to the municipal model free, open and observed elections. It isn't that there is not enough funding.
When some chief gets more money than the PM for looking after 80 or 90 people there will never be enough money.
This threatening attitude is not at all helpful. JMO

Anonymous said...

Absolutely agree with you..this reckless, cookie cutter approach to native affairs must be reigned


"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"