posted on Oct, 22 2006 @ 09:17 AM
I support the Kelowna Accord and not because my missus is of 1st Nation's heritage... I'm much more ruthless.
I support the Kelowna Accord because it was a "good", yet manageable deal... and way, way cheaper than a litigated settlement. I do not like Martin
(never have) but when it comes to "the art of the deal" he "trumps" Trump.
I won't go into the 1st Nation's nuances of the Accord but know this; it was not accepted universally and there are those who who'd hold out for
more rather than strike when the iron was hot. Kelowna had a process for dispute resolution that both sides agreed upon as being equitable and a
framework on which to build resolution - a "good thing".
Kelowna served (will serve?) to clear the books of a great number of land claims (amongst other matters of great importance to those whom it would
affect) and serve to partly right the wrongs of the past. If it is implimented is the problem going to go away? Maybe, for a while, most likely while
Canada deals with "other" stuff...
Will the Martin Bill make it to Third Reading? Not likely without large revisions to put the "Conservative: Made In Canada Label" on it, BTW: Those
labels are manufactured in a country South of Canada. Harpo's Marxpersons will re-do it if it moves forward... that it would be part of the voting
budget insures trouble - look for an American-sounding version.
Harper will need an election issue on which his government can fall and put blame 100% elsewhere... this could be that issue (there are others), if
they make it that far. Please note that 1st Nations support is not evenly split across party lines... expect some "fancy-footwork" as Harpo
positions himself for a significant battle, for which the Conservatives will speak with their one and only voice; "Harper-channeling-Bush".
Harper could "buy" Duceppe, much the same way as Iggy might... I don't like that one bit either, Harper does need to make some support "deals"
(Irving, PQ, indigenous people's, women, childcare, seniors, healthcare) and soon. Duceppe is salivating at the thought of the fiscal imbalance
problem which Harper has promised redress for in "the next budget". Troubled waters a comin' - Harper doesn't have the "jam" to get it done and
Duceppe knows he can get more by waiting and leveraging time against both the Cons and the Libs.