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Trudeau’s ‘less than ideal’ comment doesn’t begin to capture the concerns of Indigenous communities – Toronto Star

by ahnationtalk on January 11, 201927 Views

Jan. 10, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the arrest of 14 Wet’suwet’en land defenders a “less than ideal situation” this week, adding everyone has the right to protest, as long as they respect the rule of law.

Let’s unpack that for a moment. A “less than ideal situation” is missing the sale on three-ply Kleenex at Shopper’s Drug Mart and having to settle for two-ply instead.

A “less than ideal situation” is locking your keys in your car.

The arrests of 14 people by heavily armed RCMP officers over an issue that will loom large in the 2019 federal election — adherence to Indigenous human rights and land title? Less than ideal doesn’t capture it.

As this week again showed, on a number of important fronts, the Trudeau government’s relations with Indigenous communities are nowhere near ideal.

Read More: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2019/01/10/trudeaus-less-than-ideal-comment-doesnt-begin-to-capture-the-concerns-of-indigenous-communities.html

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