Nepean-Carleton “Conservative” MP Pierre Poilievre speaking on CFRA Radio this afternoon:
And that gets to the heart of the problem on these reserves where there’s too much power concentrated in the hands of the leadership and it makes you wonder where all of this money is going.
We spent ten billion dollars, ten billion dollars in annual spending this year alone, the budget year 07-08. Now that is an exceptional amount of money. That is on top of all the resource revenue that goes to reserves that sit on petroleum products, that sit on uranium mines, other things where these companies have to pay them royalties. You know, and that’s on top of all the money they earn on their own reserves. That is an incredible amount of money. Now, along with this apology, comes another four billion dollars in compensation for those who partook in the residential schools over those years.
Now, some of us are starting to ask are we really getting value for all of this money and is more money really going to solve the problem. My view is that we need to engender the values of hard work, independence, and self-reliance. That’s the solution in the long run. More money will not solve it.
Yessir, that whole “reconciliation” process is off to a stellar beginning, isn’t it?
I had actually thought that the PM’s apology in parliament this afternoon was sincere, but given the STEPHEN HARPER Party’s reputation for message control over its MPs I guess we have to conclude that it was just a worthless load of bollocks. Well, not exactly “worthless” for as young Pierre is quick to point out, it’s going to cost “billions and billions” of dollars.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Posted by Red Tory at 4:36 PM