Let’s face it, there are two classes of Canadians and it has nothing to do with dual-citizenship. First Nations are Canadians in every sense of the word, but they also get worlds of benefits and special treatment above and beyond a Canadian, or an old stock Canadian, or an immigrant Canadian.
Now I understand that many aboriginals live in poverty completely disproportional to the majority of Canadians and have historically been wronged. In many cases terribly wronged. However, historic wrongs are never a reason to disadvantage people today. This has to do with the special treatment today that makes First Nations Canadian Citizens Plus.
The Supreme Court of Canada this week released the Daniels decision which held that Metis and non-status Indians are now under federal jurisdiction. Now Canada has over a million Canadian pluses and since First Nations are the fastest growing population, that number will increase every day.
Justin Trudeau said it’s time Canada has a Nation-to-Nation relationship with the First Nations people of Canada. Is that anything but an admission that First Nations aren’t Canadians? The USA doesn’t have “nation-to-nation” talks with Wyoming, France doesn’t have “nation-to-nation” talks with Paris and Vatican City doesn’t have “nation-to-nation” talks with the Pope. Germany can have nation to nation talks with Poland and Canada can have them with America, but this is ridiculous and just straight pandering to white guilt.
Is it fair to tax people (or not) based on race? Of course not, the fact that people who have died long ago signed contracts back in a different era with people who aren’t alive today shouldn’t embed a racist system into Canada, but it does. Treaties from the 1700s, 1800s and early 1900s should not bind people today, but they do. In Canada and basically nowhere else in the world are people bound to contracts their ancestors signed based on race. And it’s constitutionally protected in Trudeau senior’s 1982 addition to the Constitution.
Not all First Nations are tax exempt but to be eligible for the exemption they have to be an Indian (which is a fairly racist requirement) and living on a reserve. Many people on reserves are very poor, and I agree they shouldn’t be taxed. But we don’t tax ANYONE under a certain income, of any race. I’m even fine with increasing the basic tax exemption for people living on reserve to overcome some of these problems. But to not tax people making hundreds of thousands of dollars (taxes which could be used to support the poor living on the reserves) makes no sense. Who are we helping by letting the rich not pay their fair share while the poor demands more money?
When Justin Trudeau said his famous phrase “A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian” he was really talking about sentencing when you boil it down past the rhetoric. Specifically if a person with dual citizenship is convicted of a terrorist crime we shouldn’t be able to revoke their citizenship (no word on whether the terrorist should be able to go abroad and kill innocent people however). So, basically sentencing should be equal between Canadians. Fine, I can agree with that.
But sentencing is not equal between Canadians. First Nations offenders get special treatment in sentencing which has to be addressed in every sentencing hearing. It’s built right into the criminal code. The Supreme Court has provided guidance saying, in essence, that jail is a last resort for aboriginal offenders because they are over represented in Canadian prisons. But jail is always a last resort, for every criminal. The only way trial judges could interpret this is to give lighter sentences for aboriginal offenders, including a ridiculously short sentence for the grandson of a residential school attendee who tortured a 5 year old.
Even Liberals aren’t exempt from this bi-citizenshipism. Former Prime Minister and author of the White Paper, Jean Chretien, said the common sense statement that if an isolated community is suffering so much they should move somewhere safer. Of course this was decried as assimilation by the left and that it’s racist to suggest that people experiencing difficulties should have to move from their homeland.
Of course, when Syrians were having a very rough time, Trudeau made it clear by pulling our jet fighters that he had no intention on fixing their problems at home. Instead, moving these people away from their homeland was seen as the opposite of racist and in fact you were a racist for being against it.
For a long and regretful portion of our history aboriginal people could not vote, now thanks to the Supreme Court of Canada they have the ability to veto nearly anything the government wants to do if it affects them even remotely. They’ve gone from non-citizens (which is of course shameful) to super-citizens without ever stopping in the middle. Unfortunately most First Nations don’t have a chance to take advantage of this situation, because of corruption on the councils among other reasons (at least without transparency we won’t have to know about that anymore), just like how most dual-citizens would never have committed a terrorist attack and suffered from Bill C-24.
But don’t kid yourself into thinking there’s one class of Canadian citizen. If you don’t believe me try hunting off season and explaining that to the conservation officer.