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Pamela Palmater: Don't trust leaders with Native education





Pamela Palmater of the Eel River Bar First Nation says the Conservative leadership in Canada can't be trusted with education of Native children:
They say absolute power corrupts one absolutely, but this saying would not even begin to describe this Conservative government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper's leadership. There has never been a more dictatorial, aggressive, scandal-laden government than Harper's "Cons". "Cons" is a fitting nickname for this ruling Conservative party given the countless scandals since they have come to power.

Harper's control over his own party, together with his party's majority power in the House and Senate has made him so arrogant that he appears unconcerned about the extreme excesses of his "people". His over-confidence is apparent in his bullying tactics within the party ranks and in his dictatorial governance style. He wields his majority power like an iron sword through the hearts and minds of Canadians. He acts as though he is untouchable and has such control over his own people that they will fall on their swords before implicate Harper. Now, this government wants to control the fate of First Nations children in their new First Nations Education Act. This is a scary thought.

As with all false leaders, Harper's arrogance is testament to his weakness - he is all puffery and no substance. If his front line is as weak as the media reports it is, then there will be very little loyalty left to support Harper when the pressure hits. We have an opportunity to put the pressure on. How much more fraud, sexual assault, theft, and lying will Canadians stand? Canadians have the power to unseat this dictator and reset Canada on a path which ensures health, prosperity and the good life -- however we choose to define that for ourselves -- for all our future generations.

How many more scandals will it take? More importantly, should they be passing legislation dealing with the lives of First Nation children when they can't seem to even act within the law? If these "leaders" of the Conservative party are any example, I wouldn't want them anywhere near my children or making decisions on their behalf. These people are scary and not the kind of role models we want for our children.

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