The burgeoning Attawapiskat scandal is attracting politicians and media like flies, the largest being George W Harper, but not excluding the new NDP leader Nycole Turmel.
It’s great the situation is finally getting the attention it’s been deserving for at least a couple of years.
But why did the people who live on the Cree reservation have to wait until Chief Theresa Spence declared an emergency?
“Opposition MPs urged the prime minister Wednesday to go see for himself the realities of life on a northern Ontario reserve struggling with a housing shortage”, continuess the Winnipeg Free Press also, noting:
“Instead, Stephen Harper said he’s sending the auditors,” and adding:
“The federal government has taken control of public funding out of the hands of Attawapiskat and ordered an audit to find out where federal money spent in the Cree community has gone over the last five years and why it hasn’t helped ward off the current housing crisis there.
Stay tuned for Harper, et al to lay the blame on everyone except themselves.
I first wrote about it in April, 2008 after the Timmins-James Bay NDP MP Charlie Angus, to his credit, highlighted the disgrace.
But the real tragedy is: it’s nothing unusual.
Conditions on many of Canada’s first Nations reserves are often appalling, just as bad as those in any Third World country.