If Justin Trudeau is faced with a choice between solving a problem or talking about solving the problem, Justin Trudeau will opt for useless chatter and virtue-signalling every time.
On December 3rd, 2020, that pattern continued when the Trudeau government tabled Bill C-15, An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, into the House of Commons.
It’s Trudeau’s latest attempt to pretend he cares deeply for and respects First Nations people.
If that were true, Jodi Wilson-Raybould would still be a cabinet member.
Like all of Trudeau’s virtue-signalling Bill C-15 is all but meaningless beyond the photo ops and press conferences it generates for the prime minister.
If I were a member of one of the 41 First Nations communities still suffering under one of 59 boil water advisories that have lingered for decades, I would have a very hard time believing Justin Trudeau’s government had any respect at all for Indigenous Peoples.
I’m not a member of one of those 41 communities and I still don’t believe Trudeau has any respect for Indigenous Peoples.
Bill 15 stated purpose is to “affirm the Declaration as a universal international human rights instrument with application in Canadian law.”
Like all Trudeau affirmations it’s long on virtue and short on action.
In October 2015, Justin Trudeau also “affirmed” that ending boil water advisories on reserves was “a top priority because it’s not right in a country like Canada” for anyone to suffer without drinkable water.
Five years later we know this affirmation, like most of Trudeau’s affirmations, was utterly without merit.
On Wednesday, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller just fell on his sword to keep the heat off his boss.
“I want to state as clearly as possible that, ultimately, I bear the responsibility for this and I have the … duty to get this done,” Miller said.
Then Miller wandered off into Nonsense-Land.
“What communities want is not an Ottawa-imposed deadline. It’s a long-term commitment for access to clean water,” Miller said.
Minister Miller, that’s garbage.
Communities do not want commitments for access to clean water.
They want clean water.
If you cannot comprehend the difference, perhaps it’s time to resign and let someone else give it a shot. You are, after all, past your expiry date in a job that’s seen a new Minister every year since Trudeau was elected in 2015.
That said, the boil water advisory debacle is not purely a Liberal disaster.
Both governing parties are to blame for this ongoing failure to provide the basic necessities of life to tens of thousands of Canadians.
The only thing these communities have heard for decades are more government promises followed by more government commitments followed by more government failure.
Because no government, not the current Liberal one, not the Conservative one before that or the Liberal one before that, cares enough to actually solve the problem.
On December 3rd Trudeau showed his true colors again, although shockingly few Canadians seem interested that Justin Trudeau is using Bill 15 for yet another round of Prime Ministerial selfies while staring First Nations Peoples right in the eye and flat-out lying to them.
“Access to clean drinking water is a fundamental human right,” said Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde. “It’s not right that in a rich country like Canada, you still can’t turn on the taps for potable water.”
Bellegarde’s comments are eerily reminiscent of Justin Trudeau’s words five years ago.
“A Canadian government led by me will address this as a top priority because it’s not right in a country like Canada,” Justin Trudeau said during the 2015 federal election campaign.
For the past five years, Justin Trudeau has utterly failed First Nations communities at the most basic level.
It’s a national disgrace that a lack of clean drinking water exists anywhere in Canada today.
The Liberal government claims it has spent $1.65 billion to build, repair and replace water-quality infrastructure on reserves over the past five years.
The Trudeau government assured us the additional $1.5 billion proclaimed in Monday’s “fiscal update” will end all boil water advisories on all reserves in Canada.
Perhaps someone from the Office of the Sock Puppet-in-Chief can explain to me how $1.65 billion can’t buy clean drinking water for 93 First Nations communities.
Or why we should believe another $1.5 billion and another six years will miraculously get the job done?