Tuesday, April 04, 2006


For more than a decade, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has advocated for private property rights on Canada's native reserves as a way to reduce poverty. Most of the past decade, the CTF has been ridiculed by Indian industry elites.

It would appear, in some parts of the country, there is a growing interest in the concept of homeownership. Check out this Manitoba native community that has discovered homeownership brings with it pride of ownership.

Here's my favorite quote:

  • Cecilia Ross, who owns her own home on the reserve, says homeowners feel better about themselves, compared with band members who live in housing provided by the reserve.
    "When you own your own house, you maintain it. You don't wait until there's big holes in the walls – you fix it right away," she said. "You've got goals, you know – like my door, I have to change it this year. And that's why you work."

Couldn't have said it better myself.


David MacLean said...

Home ownership. "Radical new concept." In Canada.

Shawn said...

What next, the explicit right to actually possess and enjoy said property?

Old Gus said...

Rather reminds me of the last time I rented a car.... lets just say I'd never treat my own car that way.

David MacLean said...

It's a slipper slope my friend. Next thing you know they'll start demanding accountability. They've let the genie out of the bottle, now.

Anonymous said...

I am going to say something positive about the CTF with one suggestion. I agree with your original post wherein you say that the CTF have many good ideas. I will agree that your association has had some good ideas. Here is the problem. The articulation of your good ideas are often communicated in a caustic, antogonistic and abrasive manner. Why do you do this?

I will particularly point to your Saskatchewan colleague who consistently uses a communication tone that is more prone to driving people away then to attracting them to your arguments. I am sure that he loves Anne Coulter and Tucker Carlson - but imitating there abrasive style, is NOT doing your assoication ANY favours!! I would donate to your association except for his unrelenting negativity. Anything postive you say is lost in that kind of nastiness. Sorry for being honest.

Right to Work said...

I agree with anon.
Oh for the good old days of Truscott!

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