Let me get this straight!?!
The Trudeau government commits $8.4 billion in the federal budget towards indigenous communities, infrastructure and social programs.
They’ve restored the full Kelowna Accord fiscal commitment of $5 billion plus over $3 billion dollars more!! The Kelowna Accord was brokered by First Nations leadership themselves.
That’s somewhere north of 21 times of any commitment made by the previous Harper government.
Is Kelowna your benchmark? Or is Stephen Harper your benchmark? Take your pick.
Even if you factor in the criticism that much of these commitments will be pushed out beyond the next election, that’s still way more funding ever allocated in the federal budget in the history of Canada.
Yet, for some of our leaders, it’s still not enough. Some have even criticized Justin Trudeau over it.
Surely, there must be some way that First Nations leaders can work with this puny morsel of funding? Maybe we can’t all give Prime Minister Trudeau a headdress, but maybe, just maybe, he earned one this week.
How about a pat on the back? A handshake of thanks? Any semblance of appreciation for going above and beyond any other Prime Minister has ever gone towards helping and working with our communities?
No way. That’s not our style.
“Please, Sir. I want some more.”