I know the Canadian government has an on-again, off-again relationship with intelligence. But can it not at least take what its protectors give it at face value and use it to craft policies that make sense?
By working together, Canada and Indigenous nations can sustain these important lands for future generations. We can offer a model for the world of conservation rooted in respect, responsibility and reconciliation.
It is a flawed attempt to buy permission for a major industry to continue producing a product that is harming the planet and that is increasingly reviled globally. That this is the best we can do is distressing.
The following is an excerpt from Indigenous Nationals Canadian Citizens: From First Contact to Canada 150 and Beyond, by Thomas J. Courchene, which has been shortlisted along with four other books for this year's Donner Prize, the best public policy book of the year by a Canadian. The winner will be announced on May 1 in Toronto.
On top of $301.8-billion in planned spending in the 2019-10 main estimates—combining $299.6-billion in budgetary spending and $2.2-billion in non-budgetary expenses—is another $51.2-billion in statutory expenses.
There was and is a huge public interest involved in the work of WikiLeaks. In a few shining moments, and with great courage, Assange handed millions of people who were staggering around in a midnight of lies imposed on them by their governments a torch. Nothing shines as brightly as facts.