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Theresa Spence, the Indian chief who has run the Attawapiskat Indian band into the ground, has a new trick up her sleeve.
It’s always some trick, isn’t it? A fake hunger strike; a blockade of the nearby diamond mine; a demand to meet with the prime minister and the governor general; and when they agreed to that, a new demand to meet with them both at the same time.
Anything other than actually doing the real work of fixing the real problems on her reserve, like leaky roofs.
Well, her new stunt shows she’s truly thinking big.
She has teamed up with the International Indian Treaty Council to get the United Nations involved.
The IITC has written a letter to the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva, Switzerland, demanding “urgent action” be taken against Canada.
It sounds pretty serious. But, as with everything Spence does, it’s really just for show — a distraction from the real things, like the audit of band finances that shows 81% of the
$104 million transferred to the band by the federal government can’t be accounted for.
The Media Party loves Spence’s stunts because they’re easier to cover than reading through an audit, because an audit involves math, and math is hard.
Fake hunger strikes in teepees and letters to the UN are easy to cover. Plus it’s too politically uncomfortable for most reporters to ask tough questions of Spence because she’s an Indian and tough questions are racist. So a stunt is it.
Fine. So what is this IITC?
It’s got nothing to do with Canada or Attawapiskat or Treaty 9, the treaty signed by Attawapiskat in 1930.
It’s a far-left lobby group, based in San Francisco. So some activists in California have written to a UN organization in Geneva, whose members include countries like Algeria, Russia and Communist China, asking them to condemn Canada as racist.
Sounds like a Spence move.
OK. So what exactly does the letter allege? What do these experts about Attawapiskat, down there in San Francisco, have to say?
They’re mad that Canada’s racist regime has implemented a law, “Bill C-38 (that) passed amendments to over 70 federal Acts without any debate” and “Bill C-45 made changes to
44 federal laws, again without debate.”
Except that bills C-38 and C-45 were budget bills. As in, the Canadian government’s annual budget. They might not know it down in San Francisco, or over in Geneva, or out in Russia or China, but bills in the Canadian Parliament are always debated and voted on before they become laws. That’s our system. You can’t actually pass a budget without a debate.
This would all be comedy if the results weren’t so tragic for the 1,500 poor souls who have to live under Spence’s regime in Attawapiskat.
Under the Indian Act, they already have fewer rights than non-Indians, and fewer tools of government accountability and transparency too. And now Spence wants to bring in the one organization in the world that is run even worse than an Indian band, with less political accountability: The UN.
We don’t need more lawyers and diplomats in Attawapiskat. We don’t need more exotic travel for the jet-set chief.
We need things they don’t have at the UN: Men with hammers and nails to fix things. And a forensic accountant, to find out where all the money went.