Canada's Federal Government Wasn't "Kind" Enough To First Nations In The Opinion Of This Aboriginal Advocate Of Corporate Welfare!

(Readers are welcome to submit a comment re: our commentary below.  We will review and post it.  Sometimes, we even adjust our own positions after evaluating the more advanced thinking of our readers!  -dh

Our comment.  Canadian law and practice has already established a 'duty to consult' precedent.  That precedent already errs on the side of granting aboriginal groups and persons special advantages — even to those who don't own pipeline right of way land and who may have absolutely no 'stake' in the project other than a claim that, "my grand pappy once trapped a beaver over there."

Yes, out of frustration we try not, ourselves, to err on the side of exaggeration, but for heaven's sake, Favel!  Why don't you just have the ingenuity and initiative to put together your own pipeline consortium.  But no, you want others to invest and provide you with a free "seat at the table".  

That would be called "corporate welfare" ordered by government to serve your special interest, we presume. 

Your attitude symbolizes much of what causes the death of an economy, the end of wealth creation the decline of non-governmental employment.  

Your attitude, including populist rhetoric, seeks to enflame passions — not in pursuit of education, entrepreneurship or work ethic or excellence — but in irrational political wealth redistribution schemes.

Your message is, in effect, "We want free stuff and if that's not enough, make the pipeline owners give us their free stuff."

We hope that organizations providing you with forums to speak do not cower at — but do decisively reject — demands for your improper, politically correct invocations.

Some academic leader you are!

-dh

P.S. We see the term 'duty to consult' cropping up in the U.S. with respect to large projects, now, as well.  We would encourage our U.S. audiences to take note of Canada's current economic decline and beware of natural resource policies that sophists like Favel advocate on either side of the border.

CBC.  Blaine Favel can't help but speak his mind when it comes to First Nations and Canada's oil and gas industry. Favel supports pipelines, but feels First Nations need a better deal to back these large infrastructure projects.

Favel is the chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan and former grand chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.

In front of 400 oil and gas industry members in Calgary this week, Favel didn't shy away from expressing his thoughts about what needs to change. He criticized the former federal government because it "didn't deal with Indians very well. I couldn't believe the stupidity of that. They were not trying to be kind to First Nations people particularly along pipeline routes." 

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