Entries by Daniel D. Veniez from 12/2011

We Can't Fix Attawapiskat Until We Fix the Indian Act

| Posted 12.06.2011 | Canada Politics

The Indian Act -- an arcane law of our Parliament as old as Canada itself that institutionalizes apartheid on our soil -- makes it impossible for Ottawa's paternalistic iron grip of dependency to be loosened. Making action more difficult are the few Aboriginal "leaders" that make a very healthy living off the status quo and don't want to change it.

Aboriginals for the Pipeline Deserve Our Support

| Posted 12.08.2011 | Canada Politics

The Gitxsan Nation want to be Canadians with no special status and enjoying all the rights that the rest of us take for granted; they do not want to be handcuffed under the arcane auspices of the Indian Act; and they want to be able to unlock their economies by developing their lands and resources under the laws of Canada.

Harper Washes Hands of Health Care

| Posted 12.22.2011 | Canada Politics

Harper writes a blank cheque and tells the provinces that health care is their problem, not ours, collectively, as a nation. He signaled that his government has no interest in building a comprehensive national health policy for Canada that addresses our national health and innovation goals. He knows that only a prime minister can lead that charge. He has chosen not to.

God Sell the Queen

| Posted 12.28.2011 | Canada Politics

In our short history, Canada has become a globally respected voice and example in the world for peaceful change, tolerance, compromise, democracy, active multilateral engagement, and social justice. It therefore matters to me that our head of state is not--and can never be--a citizen of Canada.