Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Victory for equality in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia

A snippet of today's release...

CALGARY: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s Centre for Aboriginal Policy Change responded today to the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling in two controversial native logging disputes in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

“The CTF believes all Canadians should be equal before and under the law, therefore, we applaud the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling,” said the Centre’s director Tanis Fiss.

In two unanimous decisions, the court found the pre-confederation treaties only granted the Mi’kmaq the right to continue to trade in items traditionally traded at the time the treaties were signed. Furthermore, the court ruled there was no evidence to suggest the Mi’kmaq were logging 250 years ago when they signed the pre-confederation treaties in 1760 and 1761.

2 comments:

darcey said...

I disagree on some of this. For taking wood illegally yes, that should have some repercusions. However to state that if they were not logging then they can't log now, would sort of take away the motivation to develop.

My views here

Shawn said...

The decision looks , at least superfically, to be remarkably congruent with the original agreement. Suprising for the SCOC with their penchant for creating out of thin air.

Paraphrasing, the agreement said aboriginal people would have exemptions based on their current activities. So to say that they can't log now because they didn't log then is erroneous. They are fully able to log today, so long as they go through the same process and subject to the same rules as any other commercial logging operation.

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