Politics of Appeasement
July 22, 2001
The Indians are on the war path again.
And so should we be.
That loudmouth leader Coon Come is
threatening highway blockades if
Ottawa doesn't bow to his wishes. "We
can bring Canada to a standstill,"
say his cohorts. Their gripe? That the
Minister of Indian Affairs wants
to make native bands more financially
accountable and more democratic.
But the prime minister is already in
retreat. Call him Neville Chretien
In British Columbia, meanwhile, our red
brothers have a "war council"
that is plotting economic chaos for the
West Coast. Road and ferry
blockades are "potential weapons"
designed to bring B.C. to its knees.
Why? Because the new provincial
government plans to hold a referendum on
native land claims.
Those claims cover 110 per cent of the
province, and it all began when
the anti-White, multicult-obsessed NDP
recognized aboriginal title in
1992. Thereafter, it created the Nisga'a
land claim model that would
grant billions of dollars, property
rights and constitutional rights to
Indian "nations" whose main aim is to
yell for more of Whitey's tax
dollars, of which they now get about
seven billion a year.
Nisga'a was one of the reasons the NDP
was left with just two seats in
the recent election, against Liberal
Gordon Campbell's 77, and Campbell still
says he will hold the referendum.
The issue is whether British Columbians
should have some say in matters that
affect THEIR rights, which thus far have
been ignored both in Victoria and
Ottawa. And also by the Supremos of our
That court, after a two-day hearing,
gave B.C. Indians potential title
to all lands claimed by legendary means
and folklore. "Oral history," as
they call it. In other words, if they
say it's theirs, then it's theirs.
More appeasement. This after the Chief Justice of the B.C. Supreme
Court, in a 384-day trial during which
every aspect of legal history had
been examined, found that Indians in
B.C. did not have legal title.
The Indian response to the referendum
prospect has been predictable because
they know that our governors can usually
be counted on to faint when faced with
the politics of correctness. They also
dread another Oka, which Indian leaders
say will be the result if more
appeasement isn't on the agenda.
In 1995 we did have another Oka of a
sort. There was an armed revolt at
Gustafsen Lake in B.C. during which RCMP
officers were fired at, one of
whom would have been killed if he had
not been wearing a bullet-proof
The military could have been used
against them but the NDP let that
farce go on for two months. Ujjal
Dosanjh, the attorney general, was
congratulated by the local newspapers
for showing "restraint." Not
surprisingly, seeing that they are
appeasers and also oppose the
Sensing what they recognize as inherent
White weakness, Indian chiefs
told Mr. Campbell in the run-up to the
election that if he wanted trouble
he could have it. He responded
diplomatically. But it would have been
better to tell them to get lost and that
the province would not be bullied.
That Indian stance reminded me of the
time that Bill Wilson, then head
of the B.C. Indian Chiefs, told a
Victoria Board of Trade meeting: "We
should have killed you all." No hate
charges were laid, needless to say,
and he did not have to face a human
rights tribunal. He got polite applause
from his audience.
You can imagine the fuss there would
have been if some white guy had
said we should have killed all the
The Nisga'a Treaty goes far beyond
simple title. As the late constitutional
expert, Mel Smith, Q.C., pointed out, it
creates an ethnic regime whose people
will be exempt from paying taxes. It
also have total control of all timber,
fishing and other resources, and deny
non-Indian residents on Nisga'a land any
say in affairs. No votes for them.
Racism is just fine if it's the right
people who are being racist.
The cost of the deal to the province has
been estimated at $1 billion, and
that's just for starters, because
Nisga'a is to be the model for 50 other
such agreements. As the Canadian
Taxpayers Federation has stated, it is
like a Visa card with no limit.
No wonder they call themselves the
If the Indians act on their threats to
block access to roads and ferries
the government should remove them by
force. Ditto elsewhere in Canada.
Failing that, the public should do it.
Appeasement doesn't work. It didn't
work when the British gave way to Hitler
in 1938, it hasn't worked against the
Irish Republican Army, and it won't work
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