It seems so long ago … but t wasn’t really: in 2003 the BC government sold the failed three “Fast Cat” ferries for $19.4 million … reportedly “less than 5% of what they cost to build”.
“It’s estimated the BC Ferry Corporation lost $400 million on the fast ferries,” the Surrey Now-Leader reported last year.
Critics and supporters are still arguing over the pros and cons of the NDP government’s BC Ferries catamaran experiment … but there’s a modern-day NDP/Greens-created fiasco looming … one that will cost the province’s taxpayers BILLIONS!
Premier John Horgan two weeks ago announced his government’s intention to pass legislation legally implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
“The legislation requires that Indigenous peoples are included in all decision-making that impacts their rights,” Global TV reported.
It sounds quite magnanimous … and it is … awarding First Nations rights and privileges beyond those enjoyed by ANY other group in the province.
There is NO other ethnic, racial, religious, cultural or residential community that is GUARANTEED by law inclusion “in all decision-making that impacts their rights.”
In fact, the NDP proposal is even worse than described above.
The declaration drawn up by the UN (an agency that regularly and consistently DISGRACES itself by its own actions, inactions and the appointments of brutal dictators, torturers and murderers to its own human rights bodies ) is now telling Western nations to give unprecedented rights to indigenous groups.
“Article 26 of the UN Declaration states that “Indigenous peoples have the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired,” and it directs states to give legal recognition to these territories,” according to UBC.
And the NDP/Greens have bought in.
Think about the implications of that …. giving indigenous groups “the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired.”
Think about that.
BC’s Indigenous peoples have already laid overlapping claims that cover MORE THAN 100% of the land of the province!
The implications of the BC legislature adopting that clause alone and signing it into LAW would be HORRENDOUS!
But THAT is not the worst of it!
Article 19 states “States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions IN ORDER TO OBTAIN THEIR FREE, PRIOR AND INFORMED CONSENT (my CAPS) before adopting and implementing legislative or administrative measures that may affect them.”
PLEASE read that again!
” OBTAIN FREE, PRIOR AND INFORMED CONSENT” by the indigenous PEOPLES (plural) “before adopting and implementing legislative or administrative measures that may affect them.”
“Affect them”? When First Nations claim the ENTIRE province … THAT could refer to anything! Any development! Any construction! Any resource project! ANYTHING!
Make no mistake about it: regardless of what the politicians tell you or how they try to soft-peddle it .. saying the actual word “VETO” is not included … THAT Article , de facto, would grant BC’s First Nations blackmail and/or shakedown powers of ANY and ALL projects/proposals in the province!
Read it CAREFULLY again … and then think about the generous history/record of decisions by Canada’s Courts … including the Supreme Court … in recent years vis a vis indigenous claims/challenges/demands.
And those were BEFORE any adoption or passing into Law the Declaration that the human-rights-violating hypocrites of the United Nations injecting themselves into Canada’s affairs/negotiations/reconciliation initiatives.
You can read the entire UN “do-as-we-say, not-as-we do” document here: https://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf
Most British Columbians support inclusion, consultation, co-operation and reconciliation.
However, the implications of this declaration, if passed into law by the NDP/Greens, would make the losses of the Fast Ferries look like spare change
No doubt adding up to BILLIONS OF DOLLARS .
Even those who point out Article 19 does not include the word “VETO”, do concede it would require COMPENSATION to indigenous groups each and every time ANY action/development/project etc. proceeds without indigenous consent.
Without investing a penny or working a single day!
With that kind of law, why would indigenous chiefs/bands and members ever agree to ANYTHING?????
Saying “NO” will be like winning the Lottery! Over and over again!
No wonder First Nations Chiefs and band members danced, and sang, and celebrated Horgan’s announcement.
While Horgan was reportedly “holding back tears”.
And if this give-away legislation is passed … in its entirety adopting the UN Declaration as dictated by the miscreants/dictators in control of today’s UN … it’s the people of BC, and all their relations, who will be crying … for generations.
(Note: To hear me discuss this issue on the Goddard Report podcast: https://www.howestreet.com/2019/11/07/united-nations-in-canada-and-the-cbc/ … or on YouTube: https://youtu.be/KKofcsIkpek )
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