Friday, October 24, 2008

Reality Check on Kelowna Accord

Patrick Brazeau of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples had a worthy rebuke for columnist Doug Cuthand, who wrote in support of the Kelowna Accord. Brazeau writes,

First, the Kelowna Accord was never a sustainable plan that would have eliminated poverty in aboriginal communities and delivered hope to grassroots First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit peoples.

The removal by the Martin government of all accountability measures a week before the November 2005 first ministers' meeting in Kelowna ensured that.

Brazeau also points out that from 2000 to 2006, Aboriginal organizations gave $350,000 to federal Liberal party campaigns. By contrast, the Conservative Party received $740 from them over the same period.

Cuthand did, however, write a very good column explaining why the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission has broken down.

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