Christie Blatchford: Chrétien was right. Maybe the kids in Attawapiskat need to break their ‘trauma bonds’

Poor old Jean Chrétien.

He’s already been called an “assimilationist” (in the House of Commons this week, by NDP MP Niki Ashton) for daring to suggest that perhaps some of the people of Attawapiskat, the remote northern Ontario reserve now effectively on suicide watch, might want to head somewhere more hospitable.

Given that when the former Liberal prime minister was the federal Indian affairs minister, he and his wife adopted his son Michel, who is Inuit, as an 18-month-old from an orphanage in Inuvik, he may even be the ultimate assimilationist.

Background: Jean Chrétien’s solution for struggling Attawapiskat reserve: they should move

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  • Ron MacDonald

    Attawapiskat has been governed by idiots and that is why it is a mess.

    • lolwut?

      More like thieves and gangsters, they elected them again.

      • Alain

        Not necessarily true. I am referring to the statement that they elected them. Indian reserve politics never function as a democracy. They have mastered the skill of fraud and corruption.

        • lolwut?

          Wasn’t there a reserve or several reserves that had third party officials sent to monitor elections, or maybe a request to have it done?

          I have a fuzzy memory of something like that happening at one time.

  • Clausewitz

    Maybe they need a Chief who isn’t a lying, cheating, delusional sack of shit.

    • V10_Rob

      Yeah, but then they’d be lambasted for ‘acting white’.

    • Oh no. Such person should dismiss these liars. Therefore, to avoid it, they just will beat him by shit

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    Most native Indians are living in a misery , the only ones that are not suffering are the corrupt chiefs they get all the government money for their own packets.

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      200 Natives living on the street of Tundra Bay, with F.W.F.N. just across the river? wtf? They don’t do piss-bugger-all for the walkers from up North. Now, who really is the racis?

  • CodexCoder

    The easiest way to solve this problem is to stop the gravy train. Give a final cash settlement to all of the natives as long as they leave the reserve and become regular taxpaying, functional citizens. After 250 years, it is time for the adolescent aboriginal population to grow up. Their system of governance (all wisdom aside) does not work in the majority of cases and the proof is visible to everyone else paying their bills.

    • I strongly doubt that leftists such as Trudeau Jr. want to assimilate the Indians. And, as time Jean Chrétien did not it too. I think that he wants to show that the Liberals are practicing a great deal for the Indians, and only.
      http://www.therebel.media/ezra_levant_show_april_7
      And apparently the Indians are stupid and biased people, in any case, they have proven themselves in this way. . The Indians,who need help are a good source of income. And together with the “Syrian refugees” they are the potential voters for progressives.. Afterward all, the Liberals are very adept at playing on charity and they feed on it .
      http://www.therebel.media/ezra_levant_april_8

  • Jean Chretien and his backers deserve punishment in hell.

    As for the Indian Act and Attawaspiskat, this is what people wanted. They can own it.

    • UCSPanther

      I still remember my father yelling “liar” at the TV when one of his campaign ads came on back in the 1990s.

      • lolwut?

        Lucky for him it wasn’t a 3D TV, or Chretien would have grabbed him by the throat..

        • Lucky for him it wasn’t a 3D TV, or Chretien would have grabbed him by the throat..

          I do not think so, excuse me for it .I dare to remind recent events Sake of it, a link will be placed below
          http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/jean-chretien-bc-liberals-vancouver-justin-trudeau-1.3253272
          here is the ” Great logic ” of Jean Chrétien, Canada should be sacrificed for the sake of a big fool have not to spend the rest of his live in the penalty box.Of course, it is very cool to have happened if Chrétien would have done paraphrase “Justin Trudeau may be son of a bitch and a deep idiot, but he’s our son of a bitch and a deep idiot” instead of “Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch. “But he, unfortunately, did not. On the contrary, he very flattering remarked about his protégé, saying that Trudeau is one of those people who only sometimes say stupid things. Trudeau says stupid things ALWAYS, not sometimes!

        • Lucky for him it wasn’t a 3D TV

          Alas, it does not help. Here are the recent events because of which one would like to throttle him

          http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/jean-chretien-bc-liberals-vancouver-justin-trudeau-1.3253272

          here is the ” Great logic ” of Jean Chrétien, Canada should be sacrificed for the sake of a big fool has not to spend the rest of his live in the penalty box.

          Haha ,of course, it was very cool to have happened if Chrétien would have done paraphrase “Justin Trudeau may be a son of a bitch and a deep idiot, but he’s our son of a bitch and a deep idiot” instead of “Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch. “But , unfortunately, he did not say it. On the contrary, he very flattering remarked about his protégé, saying that Trudeau is one of those people who only sometimes say stupid things. Whereas Shiny pony ALWAYS says stupid things , not sometimes!

        • Lucky for him it wasn’t a 3D TV

          Alas, it does not help. Here are the recent events because of which one would like to throttle him

          http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/jean-chretien-bc-liberals-vancouver-justin-trudeau-1.3253272

          here is the ” Great logic ” of Jean Chrétien, Canada should be sacrificed for the sake of a big fool has not to spend the rest of his live in the penalty box.

          Haha ,of course, it was very cool to have happened if Chrétien would have done paraphrase “Justin Trudeau may be a son of a bitch and (or a deep idiot), but he’s our son of a bitch (or our deep idiot)” instead of “Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch. “But , unfortunately, he did not say it. On the contrary, he remarked very flattering about his protégé, saying that Trudeau is one of those people who only sometimes say stupid things. Whereas Shiny pony ALWAYS says stupid things , not sometimes!

        • Lucky for him it wasn’t a 3D TV

          Here are the recent events because of which one would like to throttle him
          here is the ” Great logic ” of Jean Chrétien , Canada should be sacrificed for the sake of a big fool has not to spend the rest of his live in the penalty box.
          http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/jean-chretien-bc-liberals-vancouver-justin-trudeau-1.3253272
          Let’s give a chance to an imbecile
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkCB2jxyYHc

      • Alain

        One of things I most recall about Chretien was how embarrassing to have a PM who could speak neither official language. The killer was that he was supposed to be a lawyer, and a lawyer without communication kills is not one a person would choose.

        • Lucky for him it wasn’t a 3D TV

          Alas, it does not help. Here are the recent events because of which one would like to throttle him

          http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/jean-chretien-bc-liberals-vancouver-justin-trudeau-1.3253272

          here is the ” Great logic ” of Jean Chrétien, Canada should be sacrificed for the sake of a big fool has not to spend the rest of his live in the penalty box.

          Haha ,of course, it was very cool to have happened if Chrétien would have done paraphrase “Justin Trudeau may be a son of a bitch and (or a deep idiot), but he’s our son of a bitch (or our deep idiot)” instead of “Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch. “But , unfortunately, he did not say it. On the contrary, he very flattering remarked about his protégé, saying that Trudeau is one of those people who only sometimes say stupid things. Whereas Shiny pony ALWAYS says stupid things , not sometimes!

      • He IS a liar.

        No one has forgotten Zehra Kazemi, Jean.

      • Alas, he is worse than a liar because all liars have need of good memories .Nevertheless, n the case of Chrétien, his memory often fails him

      • Lucky for him it wasn’t a 3D TV

        Alas, it does not help. Here are the recent events because of which one would like to throttle him

        http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/jean-chretien-bc-liberals-vancouver-justin-trudeau-1.3253272

        here is the ” Great logic ” of Jean Chrétien, Canada should be sacrificed for the sake of a big fool has not to spend the rest of his live in the penalty box.

        Haha ,of course, it was very cool to have happened if Chrétien would have done paraphrase “Justin Trudeau may be a son of a bitch and (or a deep idiot), but he’s our son of a bitch (or our deep idiot)” instead of “Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch. “But , unfortunately, he did not say it. On the contrary, he very flattering remarked about his protégé, saying that Trudeau is one of those people who only sometimes say stupid things. Whereas Shiny pony ALWAYS says stupid things , not sometimes!

      • Alas, he is worse than a liar because all liars have need of good memories .Nevertheless, in the case of Chrétien, his memory often fails him

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Didn’t Chretien’s adopted son Michel end up in trouble with the law anyway?
      So, is it nature or nurture?

  • disqusW6sf

    Interesting article. So if the gov’t supported Syrian “refugees” isn’t it the least they can do in relocating and supporting thejAttawapiskat residents? I don’t know. How long does this go on.

  • ontario john

    So pouring millions more cash into isolated reserves is going to solve the problem. No, because there will never be jobs at those locations or anything to do. Its not rocket science.

    • Maurixio Garciasanchez

      They can keep their whatever special rights they have is time to close those reserves .

  • eMan14

    Moving wouldn’t be the worst thing that could happen. Too bad the Conservatives couldn’t see through the required transparency of the Reserve finances. That absolutely had to be done. But I think the Liberals reversed that.

    • ontario john

      Reserves no longer have to account for the money they get. The chiefs can reopen those Swiss bank accounts.

  • Shebel

    Justin just gave them another coupla million to achieve absolutely nothing— but buy time.
    I love watching the CBC being gentile as they show their true colours.
    No Harper to blame. —
    No Evan Soloman—He is absolutely killing it on CFRA.

  • ontario john

    The indians are getting billions more from Trudeau, the socialists on the Supreme Court today gave Metis the same benefits as whiny indians, Trudeau just announced 100 million for muslim refugees in the Middle East, and my hydro bill is going up because they didn’t make enough money due to the warm winter. Its great being a tax payer in Canada.

    • lolwut?

      Quit yer bitchin and go hunt some pelts to keep warm.
      or do what they do on reserves, take your house apart
      bit by bit from the inside and use it as fuel in the fireplace.

      They got a name for it “Inside outing”, very traditional.

    • UCSPanther

      The only good thing I can see is that the system will become more unsustainable faster.

      Bread and circuses can only get a government so far before the inevitable crumbling.

  • Clink9

    If you pay people to do nothing, they will.

    • Justin St.Denis

      We’ve been watching that happen with Indians for decades now.

      • Alain

        I don’t disagree but the same applies to all, including whites, who for generations are paid to do nothing. It creates a very sick people who remain addicted to public money just as drug addicts are addicted to drugs. Living for generations in dependency is the real cause of loss of pride, personal responsibility and most other values. My point is that this is not genetic but manufactured, which is why the Indian Act must be abolished.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        The Supreme court of Canada unanimously announced today that my wife and kids are status Indians.
        I’ve got the day off tomorrow, I think we’ll go down to the department of indian affairs and sign them up for the gravy train.

  • vimy

    ..

  • DMB

    In related news the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Metis, non status Indians are federal responsibility and should have full rights as other Indians. Yes that is right in 2016 the Supreme Court of Canada is determining the racial purity of a particular ethnic group in Canada which is of course the racial make up of Indians. This will bring in a much larger group of people to become heavily dependent on government to manage there day to day lives only to make things worse off for them not better.

    • ontario john

      So if good old uncle Fred screwed an indian woman and produced a kid, its gravy time.

  • Jaedo Drax

    the town is built on a flood plain, and floods repeatedly.
    there is no industry to speak of.
    the mine closes in 2018, and is 90 miles away over swampland.
    their culture is based on Hunter/Gather, yet the population far exceeds Dunbar’s Number, and the Government provides enough extra money to promote idleness.

    They do however seem to have 3 internet providers (4 if you include bell)

    • Justin St.Denis

      And probably three times as many political “consultants” on salary, too.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Why would you include Bell?
      That’s like saying Muslim Astronaut.
      There aren’t any.

      • Jaedo Drax

        Because Bell still owns the 705-997 LNIC, but they don’t seem to provide internet service to that area. My mistake for assuming that Bell still provided any sort of dial up service.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I live in Manitoba so I have fewer choices than you do.

          • Jaedo Drax

            They seem to have a choice between the Western James Bay Telecom network, Xittel, and the Attawapiskat Development Board, and, of course, if you want an exercise in madness, Satellite internet (it’s really fast, one way).

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Really fast one way.
            Kinda like write only memory.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    I think the secret official gov’t policy is… “F*** ’em, throw some cash to a few smart ones to warehouse the rest, out-of-sight and out-of-mind. No time for their bullshit.”

  • G

    Move? Why, so they can be drunken deadbeats somewhere else?

  • Jean Chrétien is a further crap

  • John

    As per Chretien’s remarks about moving to find work: Those Natives with ambition already have.

    I worked in northern B.C. back in the 70s. Most Natives in the region lived on reserves and many of them had alcohol issues. I worked with several others who operated heavy machinery. All of them eschewed alcohol and had moved off the rez. They were bright, ambitious and fun to be around.