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NEWS: Onion Lake First Nation challenges Harper government on C-45 today

“Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver (right) debates with Chief Wallace Fox of Onion Lake First Nation before they try to push their way into the House of Commons and are restrained by House of Commons guards on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday.” Photo by Fred Chartrand/ Canadian Press.

“Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver (right) debates with Chief Wallace Fox of Onion Lake First Nation before they try to push their way into the House of Commons and are restrained by House of Commons guards on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday.” Photo by Fred Chartrand/ Canadian Press.

iPolitics reports, “(This) afternoon, Chief Wallace Fox of Onion Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan tried to force his way into the locked House of Commons during question period to protest the budget implementation legislation bill, C-45. One of the members of his group started to push his way into the chamber. The security guards pushed back. And eventually, they all stopped pushing. ‘This is what we did today, serve notice,’ Fox said after he and the others were escorted out by security. ‘We’re not going to put up with this.’ …Earlier, Fox was led into Parliament by NDP MP Charlie Angus…After a brief discussion between Fox and the (Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver) — on issues such as consultation on the environment — Oliver left. And then came the pushing.”

To read Council of Canadians water campaigner Emma Lui’s blog ‘Changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act impacts First Nations Treaty rights and paves the way for more pipelines’, go to http://canadians.org/blog/?p=17634. For more Council of Canadians commentary on C-45, please see http://canadians.org/blog/?s=%22C-45%22. The iPolitics article is at http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/12/04/chiefs-take-protest-to-doors-of-the-house-to-oppose-budget-bill/. To see a video of Chief Fox challenging Oliver, go to http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/12/04/pol-liveblog-budget-vote.html.