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The Politics of Appeasement

Doug Collins

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 top court.

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
vest.

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 referendum.

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 Indians!

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 will
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 "First Nations."

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 here.

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