Update: End note with video attached.
Neither the Government nor the Treaty Team released or revealed the text of the document prior to the signing ceremony on Thursday of the Incremental Treaty Agreement (ITA). The text version is now posted online here
. What was previously released were the details of a bribe being offered.
Cutting through all the rhetoric, the proclamations of benefits and cooperation, the announcement comes down to a simple blatant bribe.
The Provincial Government has stated they will give each of the two local Indian Bands, the Kitsumkalum and the Kitselas, parcels of land. However this offer is contingent upon the Band membership accepting the Agreement In Principle (AIP) being presented by the Treaty Teams and the BC Treaty Commission.
To call this an inducement would be just the same as believing Basi and Virk, the two BC Government aids who were convicted of accepting bribes, as actually just accepting an inducement. The difference here is we know who is making the bribe; it is the BC Government. In the Basi Virk example the Government and the Court refuses to release the name of the individual or government that offered the bribe.
During the Kitsumkalum ceremonies the Band representatives spoke about how this new territory will provide more access to the rock for the Kalum Quarry, of which former Liberal MLA Roger Harris is the President. CN requires much of this rock and the Band has committed to repay the cost of installing the tracks across the highway into the quarry by providing CN the rock. If the Band cannot produce the rock fast enough and/or to CN’s satisfaction, CN has the right to take over the entire operation.
Just like the Basi Virk example, CN is at the foundation of more claims of bribery. CN acquired BC Rail through this corrupt practice and now they are engaged in benefiting from yet another bribery scheme.
If the Kitsumkalum Band does not accept the AIP they don’t get the additional land. The treaty talks stop and the Chief negotiator also stops receiving his 6 digit salary. CN would likely not get all the rock it requires to make good on their costs, therefore forcing the Band to default on their obligations. CN could then take over and the Government would likely provide them access to the land presently offered as a bribe.
And all this from just the tidbit of information released at the public ceremony.
What many Band members are proclaiming is how offended they are in being bribed by their own land. What is most offensive is how this is being offered in advance of the AIP vote. The Treaty team will now be able to use all these details to coerce the membership into signing. The Provincial Government has just turned the Band leadership and the treaty team into co-conspirators in a Bribery scheme.
This entire affair should be offensive to all.End Note:
Watch the very short video clip attached below where Alex Bolton states the "Good Rock" is across the IR boundary. Kalum appears to have set themselves up in check, and CN along with the BC Government and the President of the Kalum Quarry, who negotiated this deal with CN on behalf of the Kitsumkalum people, has positioned themselves for a check-mate.
Further to this, the President used to be the local Liberal MLA. Kitsumkalum has actively promoted for the Liberal Party of BC. Both at this ceremony and at the official opening of the CN Rail spur line into the Quarry, the Liberal nominee for the next provincial election was featured. Repeatedly and embarrassingly getting her position wrong (she has none other than being nominated) Haisla Ron Bartlett, Tsimshian Gerald Wesley and the Minister Ida Chong all promoted the Liberal Candidate. See Video Below.