From CBC: (Left)
Inside Attawapiskat’s Finances
From Sun News: (Right)
“A Fake Hunger Strike”
In past years, this article would have typically gone under my category of “The result of Liberal Fantasies” for me here, or would be evidence to back up my previous claims or charges that “Liberals hate math.”
This is a new year, however, and with it comes a personal desire to be less divisive with my friends on the “other side” of the political spectrum.
With that in mind, I’ll say that this article simply serves as evidence that we, as citizens, really need to “wake up” to the matter of personal and individual responsibility that we SHOULD have in our lives whether it comes to personal finances or to politics in general.
On the far right people are surely screaming, “This is their fault, not ours! Cut off funding to the Reservations until they’re accountable!” On the far left, they are surely screaming, “This is OUR fault, not theirs! We need to be giving them MORE money, not less, and WE need to be more accountable!”
What both sides should agree on, for one, is that these aboriginal people need decent shelter, water, and basic services NOW – we shouldn’t get wrapped up in the politics of all the “who’s done wrong” while they’re sitting in the middle of a cold winter waiting for them.
Second, they should agree that corruption is corruption, theft is theft, and fraud is fraud no matter what the skin color or race of the person or people committing the crime happens to be.
Third, both sides should agree that this behavior was despicable. The government waste is despicable and the fact that greedy tribal leaders and their friends have lined their pockets while the people and children they’ve been charged with taking care of have suffered is even worse.
Want to solve this problem? Then the far right should get honest about the fact that these children would have STILL likely suffered under a completely private system, and the far left should get honest about the fact that their way of doing things pretty much doesn’t work in the real world either.
Let’s see if the far right can admit that, and at the very least, the far left can come out and actually admit that Chief Spence is a fraud and a crook. Until then, I feel we’re just biding time until the next scandal becomes unearthed… five or ten years later.