Star’s Hebert should stick to columns about Quebec

After a partial list of what makes Christy Clark unpalatable to Conservatives, the single reason Chantal Hebert gives on why PM Stephen Harper should bend over backwards to make nice with this Liberal is because the NDP here in BC might be worse.

Hebert doesn’t bother to mention that the Liberals are completely corrupt and have only hung onto power because there hasn’t been a credible alternative.

Before pushing this alliance idea again, she should take a look at these recent quotes:

“Harper is an Albertan with deep roots in the oil patch and free enterprise. He may have underestimated public concern about climate change, because he doesn’t share it.” (Christy Clark, November 2006)

“The Harper government’s irresponsible plan to dump our Kyoto commitments is no laughing matter.” (Christy Clark, November 2006)

“The Conservatives are doing an absolutely pitiful job keeping the country together. I just don’t know what Harper is thinking. Can he think? I’m not sure…” (Christy Clark, December 2008)

“Compromise is not exactly Stephen Harper’s middle name. He desperately wants more Conservative MPs so he can fundamentally change Canada without having to consult everyone and his dog.” (Christy Clark, December 2007)

Until then, she should write about what she actually knows about.

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So, where did the $90M spent on Attawapiskat reserve go then?

With the revelation of the abject poverty on the native reserve of Attawapiskat, the biggest question that needs to be answered is where did all the money go that was given to the band?

Musing from the Ottawa Press Gallery such as John Ibbitson who wants to reform education is a misdirection so that accountability can continue being avoided.  It also looks like he didn’t bother interviewing Chief Theresa Spence who says “the money we get, 80% goes to education” prior to throwing this gem out:

“Real money” needs to be spent on “Decent on-reserve schools, properly equipped and staffed with high-quality teachers, supported by professional school boards that employ a rigorous but culturally appropriate curriculum”

What does Ibbitson think of the $90 million already spent? Is that not real money?

To him and Shawn Atleo, National Chief of the AFN the need to “smash the status quo” is clear just as long as it doesn’t include the band chiefs opening up their financial books.

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