And so they should

Olivia Stefanovich, reporting for CBC News, says that “Elected Wet’suwet’en chiefs are Screen Shot 2020-03-04 at 10.07.05asking for the immediate resignation of Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett over an agreement between Ottawa, B.C. and hereditary chiefs, which they claim was drafted without their consent.” The two really important words are “elected” and “hereditary.” We Canadians are used to both. We have a “hereditary” head-of-state, our most gracious sovereign lady Queen Elizabeth. We respect her and we honour her and we are grateful for her service but we do not give her much in the way of power. Power and authority reside in the people we elect to lead us … including Carolyn Bennett.

In a joint statement released on Monday,” Ms Stefanovich writes, “four elected chiefs call on the B.C. and federal governments to reject the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on rights and title with hereditary chiefs and restart the negotiation process to include the elected leadership … [she explains that the] … draft MOU lays out the steps to transfer jurisdiction of Wet’suwet’en territory to traditional governance, including land, water and revenue-sharing. The agreement would give hereditary chiefs significant leverage over future resource development according to a copy of the document obtained by CBC News … [and] … The statement follows meetings last week between elected chiefs and hereditary leadership, and separately with provincial and federal ministers.

I objected to this deal back in early March, specifically because it empowered the hereditary Wet’suwet’en chiefs over the elected representatives of the Wet’suwet’en Screen Shot 2020-04-02 at 08.33.24peoples. I complained, back then, that “the government negotiated with the hereditary chiefs, only ~ with the people who broke the imagelaw; and they ignored the elected leaders ~ the people who played by the rules.” In fact, Justin Trudeau and Carolyn Bennett and their officials were ~ still are ~ craven cowards who prostrated themselves and our country in front of a handful of domestic terrorists.

The elected chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en are doing as they should: they are fighting back, politically and in the media ~ showing Canadians that Prime Minister Trudeau is a fool, and a coward who doesn’t give a damn about indigenous reconciliation. He just wanted to make a nasty political problem disappear from the public eye for a while.

Screen Shot 2020-05-12 at 08.00.54Chief Maureen Luggi of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, one of the four elected chiefs who signed the press release said that “the elected chiefs want Bennett to resign — and not B.C.’s Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Scott Fraser — because Bennett has a special constitutional relationship with First Nations as the minister who represents the Crown … [she said that] … “In this instance, we are witnessing a failure of the Crown and we believe they are wanting to pursue negotiations and leaving a certain group of people out … [and] … When you look at Aboriginal rights and title, they are collective rights and all members and all of our interests must be respected at every stage” … [and] … Luggi said the elected chiefs are considering legal action.” I hope they do and I hope the courts help to overturn this anti-democratic action by the Trudeau regime.

Carolyn Bennet should resign, on principle, because she has failed both the indigenous peoples of Canada and democracy itself. I doubt she will because that would reflect poorly on Justin (Mr Perfect) Trudeau.

marc-garneaungThe adults in the Trudeau cabinet, and there are a few left, should hang their heads in shame at being called out, as they are being, for failing to stand with democrats against domestic terrorists. They should demand the resignations of both Bennett and Trudeau and many others in the inner circle and, thereby, recapture the Liberal Party for Canada.

 

 

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