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Canadians want more indigenous representation on Parliament Hill

The survey followed a Liberal cabinet proposal to address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism” in historical commemorations.

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There is too much colonialism represented on Parliament Hill and the majority of Canadians asked said they would like to see more Indigenous representation, says a Department of Public Works survey.

Blacklock’s Reporter says the survey followed a Liberal cabinet proposal to address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism” in historical commemorations.

“Sixty percent believe it is important for Parliament Hill to be reflective of the cultural diversity of the country,” said an internal survey.

“Somewhat fewer but still half of Canadians believe it is important for Parliament Hill to be a gathering place reflective of Indigenous cultures (56%).”

Twenty percent rated reflection of Indigenous cultures as “unimportant” on Parliament Hill, said the report.

Findings were based on questionnaires with 1,551 people nationwide. The public works department paid Ekos Research Associates $57,865 for the survey.

“The public opinion research forms part of the public engagement strategy to obtain feedback on how their experience on Parliament Hill and the broader precinct could be improved in the future, and how to ensure the precinct continues to be a welcoming place that reflects the values and aspirations of all Canadians,” wrote researchers.

Parliament Hill tributes currently celebrate Caucasian people including statues honouring Queens Elizabeth and Victoria, former prime ministers Macdonald, Mackenzie, Laurier, Borden, King, Diefenbaker and Pearson, a War of 1812 Monument, and statues for two Fathers of Confederation killed by assassination, George Brown of Toronto and D’Arcy McGee of Montréal.

Cabinet in a 2019 report said historical tributes must address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism.”

The document was written as a guide for the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board.

“There is a need to be cognizant of, and to confront, these legacies,” said the report. “This contributes to the ongoing process of truth-telling and reconciliation.”

Cabinet in 2017 removed historic plaques marking the Langevin Block, the home of the Prime Minister’s Office named for Hector-Louis Langevin, a Confederation-era Superintendent of Indian Affairs. Cabinet members have also expressed unease in using a meeting hall across the street from Parliament named the John A. Macdonald Building.

It was “uncomfortable coming into this building,” Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller told reporters last June 2.

“He was one of the key authors and perpetuated the Residential School system,” said Miller.

The national archives in 2021 deleted a web feature First Among Equals honouring Macdonald.

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  1. alexemmyjay

    January 17, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    100% correct Patricia. But Justin Trudeau is an idiot and idiots do odd things.

  2. Jack Masterman

    January 17, 2022 at 10:00 am

    I never see anything about Pierre Trudeau who also perpetuated residential schools.

    Perhaps his statue should be removed. Maybe Montreal should rename their airport.

    Cabinet in 2017 removed historic plaques marking the Langevin Block, the home of the Prime Minister’s Office named for Hector-Louis Langevin, a Confederation-era Superintendent of Indian Affairs. Cabinet members have also expressed unease in using a meeting hall across the street from Parliament named the John A. Macdonald Building.

    It was “uncomfortable coming into this building,” Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller told reporters last June 2.

    “He was one of the key authors and perpetuated the Residential School system,” said Miller.

  3. Michael T Harrington

    January 15, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    The statues on Parliament Hill acknowledge noteworthy persons who were instrumental in forming Canada as a country and involved in its building and governance over the years. Given the results of the above-mentioned survey, I am fairly sure that the government would be delighted to erect a statue to a prominent and deserving Indigenous person who has made important and significant contributions to the building and sustainment of Canada as a country. As per the Ekos poll apparently commissioned by the Federal Public Works department, it would be worthwhile to obtain a copy of all of the questions asked on the survey in order to study the specific wording of each question and the questionnaire script read to respondents.

  4. Patricia Seddon

    January 15, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Government should be comprised of individuals that were voted in by the people.
    Period.
    Thats how this works.
    You cannot hand pick a government…. they get voted in.
    And they should be recalled if they run off the rails.

  5. William Clark

    January 15, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    The government narcissism is fully on display, but as usual they haven’t figured out that critical thinking people don’t care what they think. Other than we what them gone yesterday from our minds.

  6. Left Coast

    January 15, 2022 at 11:49 am

    As the Trudope years go by . . . Canada is starting to look more and more like a Native Reservation . . . “The Original Enviromentalists” . . . LOL

    A wasteland of Unemployed, boarded up Business & unmotivated Citizens on the Dole.

    What amazes me is how many people were willing to take an experimental vaccine for a condition with a better than 99% chance of survival

    Why would any clear-thinking person agree to an experimental, ineffective vaccine when the producers, Moderna and Pfizer, are exempt from having to take it. Why should we believe anything the government says when the Executive Branch and their staff are exempt, the Congress and staff are exempt, the Supreme Court and their staff are exempt? The CDC is exempt, as well as the Postal Service is exempt. The National Institutes of Health, and Human Services are also exempt.

    The real heroes of this pandemic are the doctors that have risked everything for the truth, only caring about their patients. Dr. Robert Malone, Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, Dr. Ryan Cole, Dr. Peter McCullough, Dr. Simone Gold, Dr. Shankara Chetty of South Africa, who has treated over 5000 COVID patients with no hospitalizations, to name only a few.

  7. Dennis

    January 15, 2022 at 11:45 am

    Just reading the headline made my blood pressure rise. What this Canadian wants is for every government to to be arrested and put in chains for their crimes against humanity.

  8. Left Coast

    January 15, 2022 at 9:37 am

    More Racist Dribble from the Racist Trudope Govt.

    The idiot Minister Miller brings up the Residential Schools.
    I suspect 100+ years ago when Native children were dying at 2 to 3 Xs the rate of children living in the Cities & Towns . . . most rational parents were OK with their children getting an education & 3 meals a day.

    My question is “why has the Indian Industry continued to this day while sucking up 100s of Billions of Tax Dollars with almost Zero Results?”

  9. Left Coast

    January 15, 2022 at 9:29 am

    This is completely INSANE . . .

    The only Criteria should be Competence & Intellect . . . of course this Criteria would eliminate almost ALL of those currently serving in the Govt & many if not most of those employed in the Civil Service.

    Perhaps there should be a Competency “Test” for Voters in Canada too . . . lol

  10. Greg Boehlke

    January 15, 2022 at 8:49 am

    Typical government, they will build garbage policy on a
    predetermined poll of 1500+- out of 33 million and unfortunately many ( especially in central Canada ) will eagerly believe!
    I believe most common sense Canadians don’t care what origin or sex third reps are, they just want leaders with ethics and common sense to represent us!
    ,

  11. David

    January 15, 2022 at 8:28 am

    Patriarchy?

    Anyone who rails about a patriarchy should be immediately dismissed as a loon. If anything, we live in a matriarchy.

  12. Jack of all Trades

    January 15, 2022 at 8:17 am

    Quote: -Cabinet in a 2019 report said historical tributes must address “colonialism, patriarchy and racism.”-
    Who is treating parts of the country like they’re colonial era slaves?
    Who kicked an indigenous woman out off cabinet for standing up to the ‘Great Leader’?
    Who is governing from the top down like a dictator, completely disregarding the democratic process?
    Who is creating a new class of under menschen?
    Who is Blackface?
    Who gropes women and while labelling those who disagree with him misogynists?
    Thank you for your donation.
    …ok, I wandered slightly off topic.

  13. Weyland Yutani

    January 15, 2022 at 8:04 am

    “The public works department paid Ekos Research Associates $57,865 for the survey.”

    And that right there tells you all you need to know. I can just imagine Ekos asking the Trudeau gov’t: “And what answer would you like our survey to deliver?”

    Ekos and Gov’t: your “survey” is a push poll, it’s bullshit, and Canadians see right through you.

  14. Andrew Red Deer

    January 15, 2022 at 7:47 am

    How about RESPONSIBLE REPRESENTATION on parliament hill? Like responsible to the people who elected you, not the government of the day or your party or anyone else for that matter. By law anyone who takes the oath of citizenship or by birth should be CANADIAN and labeled as nothing else. MULTICULTURALISM MEANS RACISM, Started with the B and B Commission in the 60s.

  15. Tinman

    January 15, 2022 at 7:14 am

    Yeah let’s base our policies on the opinions of 1600 random people. How about we stop making everything about race and just get the best people for the job?

  16. Claudette Leece

    January 15, 2022 at 7:06 am

    They had a great fn on the hill, they punted her butt the minute she stood her ground, why would any others be there, to be the token to fill a slot

  17. GreatWhite

    January 15, 2022 at 6:40 am

    Yes, we all know the indigenous people built this country, while the British and everyone else did absolutley nothing to build it.
    – Fake new

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Ottawa press gallery discusses letting Chinese propaganda agency in

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

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Officials with the Parliamentary Press Gallery held a behind closed doors meeting on Tuesday to talk about letting reporters from Xinhau, the Chinese Community Party’s propaganda agency, into the club, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“The gallery is not bound by any outside political considerations,” said gallery president Catherine Levesque of the National Post. 

“We are doing our due diligence to ensure Xinhua meets certain criteria and we will be making a decision shortly.”

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

“Membership in the Parliamentary Press Gallery allows access to the secure physical buildings of the parliamentary precinct and the opportunity to directly question individuals who drive and shape public policy,” gallery directors wrote in a 2020 code Journalistic Principles And Practices.

“As a result, accreditation is a privilege, not a right.”

Xinhua had been a member until 2020 when its press pass lapsed.

The Department of National Defence in 2012 blacklisted the agency from attending its press briefings, and a Xinhua correspondent in 2012 disclosed he was asked to maintain surveillance on Chinese dissidents in Canada.

The gallery would not discuss the Xinhua application but the gallery code states members must “respect the rights of people involved in the news.”

The Commons by a unanimous 266-0 vote last February 22 condemned China for human rights atrocities including the genocide of its Uyghur Muslim community. MPs also voted to petition the International Olympic Committee to relocate the 2022 Winter Games from Beijing.

“We need to move forward, not just as a country but as a world, on recognizing the human rights violations that are going on in China,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier told reporters.

“This is an issue that matters deeply to me, to all Canadians, and we will continue to work with our partners and allies on taking it seriously.”

Xinhua was originally granted Press Gallery membership in 1964 at the request of then-Foreign Minister Paul Martin Sr.

“It is a step in the direction of mutual understanding between Canada and mainland China,” Martin said at the time. Membership was approved in a press credentials swap that saw the Communist Party permit the Globe & Mail to open a Beijing bureau.

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PHA head says cellphone snooping fears unwarranted

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

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The president of the Public Health Agency (PHA) says Canadians need not fret over the fact his organization snooped on 33 million cellphone users, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

“No personal information was asked or was received,” Kochhar told the Commons health committee.

“No individually identifiable data is contained in any part of the work.”

The Commons ethics committee last Friday voted 10-0 to examine the data collection program using cellphone tower tracking. The PHA said it sought the information to monitor compliance with lockdown orders.

“The actual reason why we collected this data is reliable, timely and relevant public health data comes out of it for other policy and decision making,” said Kochhar.

“This is population-level mobility data analysis. This is what we have collected.

“That would help us to understand the possible link between the movement of populations within Canada and the impact on COVID-19. We did that in terms of a very clear way of getting that open and transparent means of collection. We never, ever actually know when we use that information that it is individually identifiable. It is aggregated data.”

MPs on the ethics committee earlier noted cellphone users were never told the PHA was collecting the cellphone tracking data. Conservative MP John Brassard (Barrie-Innisfil, Ont.), noted the scope of the monitoring was only detailed when the Agency issued a December 17 notice to contractors to expand the program.

“It becomes increasingly concerning that government is seemingly using this pandemic as a means and a cause for massive overreach into the privacy rights of Canadians,” said Brassard.

“As parliamentarians, it’s incumbent upon us to make sure we protect those rights, that there is proper scrutiny and oversight.”

“The Public Health Agency was collecting data without the knowledge of Canadians, effectively doing it in secret. We need to know what security measures were in place to protect the privacy rights of Canadians.

“It is vital we do not allow the COVID response to create a permanent backslide of the rights and freedoms of Canadians including their fundamental right to privacy.”

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Health Minister Duclos has no info on $150-million COVID contract to SNC-Lavalin

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

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SNC-Lavalin was given a $150-million sole-source contract to provide “urgently” needed field hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic — but Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos doesn’t seem to know much about it, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The field hospitals were never used.

“This is obviously in support of the needs at the request of provinces and territories,” said Duclos.

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

“What is the status of the mobile field hospitals SNC-Lavalin was contracted to produce?” asked Conservative MP Shelby Kramp-Neuman (Hastings-Lennox, Ont.).

“It was an example of the significant level of preparation that we did throughout the crisis,” replied Duclos.

“Why have the field hospitals from SNC-Lavalin not been deployed?” asked Kramp-Neuman.

Duclos replied he had no information on “the exact nature of the state of that equipment.”

“Did the Prime Minister’s Office approve of this?” asked MP Kramp-Neuman.

“That’s a public works question,” replied Duclos.

“We’re not getting a lot of clarity here,” said MP Kramp-Neuman, adding: “The buck stops with you. Sadly, I recognize you don’t have all the answers to everything, but it doesn’t seem like we’re getting a lot of answers to anything.”

An unidentified Department of Public Works manager finalized the SNC-Lavalin contract on April 9, 2020 without notice to other bidders.

“A public call for tenders was not issued due to the urgency of the need as a result of the pandemic,” said an internal e-mail.

However, as late as Sep. 9, 2020, the Québec contractor had still not fixed a delivery date, according to staff emails.

Paul Thompson, deputy minister of public works, Tuesday said he knew little of the contract details.

“I personally don’t have all the details at my fingertips,” said Thompson.

SNC-Lavalin was paid to supply field hospitals equipped with 200 hospital beds, ventilators, masks, medical gowns and ten days’ worth of medication, back-up generators, water and oxygen tanks, X-ray machines, shower bays and latrines.

“The self-sufficiency of the unit makes it extremely flexible for deployment where the need is greatest in Canada,” said a memo.

Internal records dated Oct. 13, 2020 disclosed no one wanted the field hospitals.

The department said spending included $2 million for design work and millions more on warehousing medical supplies for presumed future use.

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