Federal Budget Furthers First Nations’ Fiscal Addiction
Do-gooders can often do wonders to help others: they mean well by giving charity and assistance to those in need … and it can make a difference.
But when the handouts extend for generations and when there is little or no demand for recipients to actually DO things to help themselves and get out of their poverty and predicaments … then the donors become enablers as much as helpers.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s latest federal Budget falls into that category.
More than $5 BILLION additional taxpayers’ dollars will be shelled out on Indigenous programs … on top of the $1.8 BILLION extra spending announced in 2016.
Included will be another $1.4 BILLION in new funding for indigenous child welfare programs, the National Post reported, to address the sad fact that although they represent only 7.7% of kids in Canada, indigenous children tally more than 50% of kids in care.
“This budget invests in new tools to help nations rebuild, and to accelerate self-determination and self-government based on recognition of Indigenous rights, so that our shared future is one where Indigenous peoples are in control of their own destiny, making their own decisions about their future,” Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in his speech Tuesday in the House of Commons.
It’s MORE welfare, MORE handouts by taxpayers, MORE unearned bucks that will only perpetuate the reality that too many First Nations communities live where there are no jobs and there is no hope that they …or their children … will ever exist without the rest of us giving them eternal charity.
And we wonder why so many of the kids … and adults … suffer from isolation, depression, drug and alcohol addiction and suicidal sadness.
If Trudeau and his government REALLY loved First Nations, they would tell them the truth: many of them have to get out of their isolated existences where there is NO prosperous future for their children and/or they must start embracing resource developments that can bring them jobs, self-sustaining revenues and real pride.
Instead, the Liberal government has been making things even worse.
Trudeau discontinued one of the Harper government’s best laws/regulations.. REQUIRING native bands to OPEN THEIR BOOKS so their own members …and the taxpayers … can see where all the BILLIONS are going!!
Why any government that has handed out so much public money over so many decades does not want even Band members to see if/where so much is wasted, given to friends and relations etc just boggles the mind!
And now, Trudeau may make it even worse!
The Liberals, according to the National Post, have also committed to paying the bills for Indigenous participation in treaty negotiations. An open federal chequebook is there ever was one!!!
Previously, the government advanced funds as loans to First Nations for negotiations to be REPAID out of any eventual settlement funds after agreements are reached.
That sounded reasonable … but now, Trudeau’s government may not only pick up all the First Nations negotiating costs .. but even forgive and even repay past loans … going all he way back to the 1970s!!!
Imagine how the lawyers, chiefs, negotiators will cash in if Trudeau goes ahead with such madness!!
Once more, those at the top will cash in; while most isolated Indigenous communities will remain in poverty … the permanent welfare mentality will be prolonged …. and the addictions and suicides will continue.
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