4) OTTAWA'S INDIGENOUS POLICIES IN SHAMBLES
People's voice Editorial
fallout from the SNC-Lavalin scandal spreads across the landscape, the record
of Justin Trudeau's election pledges to Indigenous peoples could affect next
October's federal campaign. Back in 2015, voter turnout on reserves across
Almost four years later, warm fuzzy feelings have been replaced by bitterness. For Indigenous peoples, Jody Wilson-Raybould's resignation from Cabinet is almost universally understood within the overall framework of centuries of racist and colonialist repression. Even when a so-called feminist and enlightened Liberal PM promotes an Indigenous leader of Wilson-Raybould's stature to Cabinet, the underlying message is that her standing depends on following the orders of the PMO.
Liberals are scrambling to bring forward child-welfare legislation
ordered by the courts, and a long-awaited Indigenous Languages Act, and
offering support to NDP MP Romeo Saganash’s private
member’s bill, which seeks to line up
But the days when Justin Trudeau could count on positive photo ops wherever he campaigned, on and off reserve, are past history, and his government may pay a heavy price.
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