Friday, January 04, 2013
How Idle No More Humiliated Stephen Harper
In all my years of watching Stephen Harper I have rarely seen him looking so frustrated and so humiliated.
But there he was today at a ridiculous photo-op in a Ford factory, looking like was about to implode.
And no wonder.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has offered to meet with a delegation of First Nations leaders to discuss treaty and aboriginal rights and economic development. “I will be participating in a working meeting with a delegation of First Nations leaders co-ordinated by the Assembly of First Nations on Jan. 11,” Harper said in a statement Friday.
For let there be no doubt, Harper would rather have swallowed a bucket of dirty oil than meet with Chief Theresa Spence. He resisted it to the end. He wanted to humiliate her sooooooo badly. Because there is nothing he hates more than powerful women.
But as I predicted last night, Great Jello Leader was finally forced to eat crow.
Feathers and all.
And this is a massive victory for the Idle No More movement and this brave Chief...
Oh sure, Great Jello was quivering so much he couldn't even bring himself to mention her name. The pathetic little man.
But nothing can change the fact that because she suffered, because she endured, when she gave Harper a 72-hour deadline he came CRAWLING.
And if he thinks he can blow off the Chiefs with another empty photo-op, he's got another thought coming.
“It will not take just one meeting to fix that relationship that has been broken or that is broken,” said Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. “We will continue to hold the prime minister’s feet to the fire to ensure that meeting, if it does happen next Friday, will begin to establish that process. But the issues that we have are many and it will take a very constructive and a very meaningful process to repair the damage to that relationships and begin to address the issues that Chief Spence and others have brought forward.”
“This isn’t going to work as a simple photo op … I think we’ve reached a tipping point and now it’s time to start repairing that relationship,” said New Democrat MP Charlie Angus.
For now that Idle No More has tasted victory, and seen what solidarity can do, if Harper doesn't deliver, the movement can only get bigger and more powerful. The drums of justice will beat louder than ever, and put a spike in the Con agenda.
And of course, if this does lead to the beginning of a new and brighter chapter in the history of this country, I will be only too happy. For as I've said before, I don't believe that ending the suffering of our beautiful First Nations people should be a partisan issue. It should be a Canadian project.
My congratulations to the heroic Chief Theresa Spence, and the awesome Idle No More movement. This is just the beginning.
Hey racists, suck it up eh?
Justice, justice, VICTORY.
Solidarity forever !!!!
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