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VIEW: St’at’imc council has more accurate sense of democracy than Harper government, says Vancouver Sun column

Chief Garry John

Chief Garry John

North Shore News columnist Elizabeth James writes in the Vancouver Sun, “Addressing his letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Seton Lake Indian Band Chief Garry John urged the federal government to halt ratification of the Canada-China investment agreement until it has ‘satisfactorily addressed its legal obligations to (aboriginal) Title and Rights.’ Kudos to Chief John. The St’at’imc council has a more accurate sense of what it takes to defend citizens’ rights in a democracy than the governments we keep returning to power.”

The letter from Chief Garry John (who is also a Board member with the Council of Canadians) can be read at http://canadians.org/blog/?p=17729. James’ column is at http://www.vancouversun.com/life/OPINION+Chinese+FIPA+lose+lose+proposition/7545141/story.html#ixzz2CIEJdrQQ.