It sure didn’t take NDP leader Jack Layton long to throw out an accusation without any proof or backed up by reason against PM Stephen Harper. Layton is claiming Harper of having a nefarious reason behind the ministry name change from “Indian Affairs” to “Aboriginal Affairs”.
Harper’s reasoning was to make the name more inclusive, modern and accurate to represent the groups it encompasses. To me, it was a welcome no-brainer name change to reflect the 45% non-Indians under its umbrella but of course inside the native industry, there are those who will always see evil within the Conservatives and Layton gleefully plays along:
“We hear that there are different reactions to the name change within the broad community of First Nation, Inuit and Metis people. “It is mostly a suspicion that this could be hiding an agenda of some sort. We have from time to time, had suspicions that Mr. Harper is hiding one sort of agenda or other.”
No facts or reasons for these “suspicions” though from Smilin’ Jack, just him wallowing in the mud all the while saying he wants to bring decorum and civility to Parliament. (see here)