As “pressure” mounts on Stephen Harper to meet with aboriginal leaders to discuss treaty rights or face hunger strikes, blockades and other disruptions, it is worth asking why someone would blackmail a person into doing something they’re already doing.
Archive for January 1st, 2013
Not once in the last three weeks did I think Stephen Harper should go meet Chief Spence. Just because someone demands a meeting doesn’t mean the meeting has to happen. And threatening to starve yourself to death is not exactly the way to make Harper reconsider. Like it or not, this prime minister does not respond well to blackmail. Personally, I like it.
I don’t know who the First Nations leaders employ as consultants, but they ought to be fired for this:
First Nations leaders have discussed plans to launch country-wide economic disruptions by the middle of January if Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn’t agree to hunger-striking Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s demand for a treaty meeting, APTN National News has learned.
During three days of meetings and teleconferences, chiefs from across the country discussed a plan setting Jan. 16 as the day to launch a campaign of indefinite economic disruptions, including railway and highway blockades, according to two chiefs who were involved in the talks who requested anonymity.
“The people are restless, they are saying enough is enough,” said one chief, who was involved in the discussions. “Economic impacts are imminent if there is no response.”
So here we go again. Threats and blackmail. I say it’s time to meet this threat head-on. You want to break the law? Be prepared for the consequences – by which I mean swift and decisive police reaction. It’s time to put an end to this nonsense.