“Economic impacts are imminent if there is no response.”
APTN National News is reporting that First Nations leaders are contemplating Canada-wide “economic disruptions by the middle of January if Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn’t agree to hunger-striking Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s demand for a treaty meeting”. Chief Spence, who entered Day 21 of her peaceful protest today, is demanding a meeting involving Harper, a representative of the Queen and First Nations leaders to discuss treaty agreements between Canada and First Nations.
Justin Trudeau is running for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. And he’s already dreaming big: he wants to replace Stephen Harper as Canada’s next prime minister. Announcing his leadership bid in Montreal Tuesday, the Papineau MP delivered a speech unequivocally pointing in that direction.
The speech opened with the famous Goethe line: “Make no small dreams, they have not the power to move the soul.”
This might come as a surprise to most Anglophones in Canada and Quebec. But it’s true. Option Nationale, a party unconditionally committed to separating Quebec from Canada, invites Anglophones to help shape the “future” of the province. To help the province “reach its full potential”. The party’s leader, Jean-Martin Aussant, made made the surprise invitation in the YouTube video below, posted to YouTube Sunday.
On the surface, Aussant suggests that an independent Quebec will need Anglophones. And that language minorities “will benefit from a more prosperous Quebec.” Which is strange, considering that the leading seperatist, the Parti Québécoiss, has promised to introduce new and tougher restrictions on the English language if elected. Aussant split from the Parti Québécois and formed Option Nationale’s in 2011.
If Aussant was genuine, he’d be fighting for the English language in Quebec right now. He’d be insisting on English debates during the election. None are currently scheduled.
But even more revealing is this statement by Aussant: “It is time for all Quebecers to build a country of their own, and we all know what it is.”