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CONTRIBUTION · 10th March 2013
Gary Edwards
I have been sitting back watching the 'Idle No More' movement with the jockeying of positions among others and have come to the conclusion that there are many people/groups sitting around waiting for others to do their work for them.

First, before I start let me say that there are quite a few chicken shit redneck racists out there. By that I mean that there are a lot of fools that will hide behind "anonymous" nom de plumes and spit out racial slurs at others, in particular the natives, or "First Nation People" in North America. Canada.These people are afraid to stand in front of a native and say the same thing to their face. One in particular in Northern BC who picks on what he believes are defenseless women and I allege, probably children.

I was so outraged at reading about this person I almost got in my van and went looking for him myself. If I do go looking for that chickenshit he had better hope the Cops get to him first. I had been witness first hand, as a youth in North Vancouver, to what was happening. I didn't like it then and I don't like it now.

Now. The reason for the title here is that I can't sit back and read what the natives are doing without stating the following: As a citizen and a voter in this country I firmly believe that what is happening is very close to our last line of defense. Last line of defense folks. And I have watched as some of my so called friends from the past have sent me racist emails.They surely are not looking at the big picture. The natives of this country are mad as hell and they aren't going to take it any more.

Harper and his regime are giving away our country. Sabotaging our Labour force, changing laws to suit their own agenda, and attempting to silence the masses by various means. Not the least of which is intimidation, rumours, lies and deception. I must mention here that it is not only the Harper crew but the unelected premier of BC and her crew as well. All these politicians will do and say anything to get elected. And the proof is in the pudding. We won't sell BC rail. The HST isn't on the radar. Bill C27. Oh, and by the way we don't have to listen to Colemans threats anymore. The list is endless. And they are being helped by their Big Business Friendly Media.

What I now have to say is the rest of Canada (non natives) had better get off their collective asses and get behind the Idle No More Movement.A protest has been started. It is focused (as long as the AFN doesn't succeed in it's attempt to rise to the fore) and there is no doubt in my mind that this is the way to go. Get behind them.No more of these scattered protests like we had last year.

I will not presume to tell you who to vote for in an election but I will say that if you keep to the status quo this country will not exist in 40 years.

And if that prediction doesn't come true then I will say that if the Feds are successful in changing the Indian Act to suit their need, there WILL BE a giant oil spill effecting this province. Whether it be in the Channels off of Prince Rupert or into the headwaters of three of our Major Salmon Spawning rivers.THERE WILL BE NO MORE FISH TO EAT EXCEPT DISEASE AND CHEMICAL RIDDEN FARMED SALMON.

I am putting the Federal Government and the BC provincial government on notice right now. I do not support Tankers off our coast, I do not support the Northern Gateway pipeline or any other Pipeline in BC, and I don't support polluting lakes with mine tailings. I was opposed to the MacKenzie Valley pipeline in the 70's. I support the Natives of this province in their current endeavors, and I will lay down in front of any machinery that attempts to destroy our beloved rivers and lakes.

I am silent no more

Gary Edwards Blog Here
Well Said
Comment by CC on 10th March 2013
Well said Gary. Backing you up.
People have their heads stuck in the sand. People don't want to rock the boat, people are afraid. The day is coming when they will know what being afraid is all about, ie: oil spill, loss of rights as Canadians, the loss of our land, and our Native brothers and sisters being taken advantage of yet in the future. We are all in this together and it takes standing up for our country and fellow Canadians to make the changes we want to see, to protect ourselves. Sometimes it takes rolling up our sleeves and getting involved instead of reading comments and articles and then going back to watching tv in the usual non-reality world. Ignoring what is happening and thinking one can't make a difference is ALLOWING the worst to happen.
Thanks and here are some interesting details
Comment by Merv Ritchie on 10th March 2013
From BC Mary's site;

Public Affairs Bureau with 223 fulltime government employees, a budget of $28 million a year (some say $31 million a year), and is bigger than any newsroom in Canada.

No newsroom anywhere covers a legislature with the same intensity as B.C.'s Public Affairs Bureau. We should ask a few questions.

Is it legal to use taxpayers' money for propaganda purposes? Is it legal for paid government employees to work in an election campaign? Is it legal and ethical to knowingly participate in the electoral process on behalf of government, but not the Opposition? Who decides on the policies which Public Affairs Bureau advocates? Who trains the new PAB "Officers" in their duties and how long does that take?

Perhaps values are reflected in paycheques. shown here, courtesy of Sean Holman at Public Eye Online:

Salary ranges for major unionized print media reporters:

The Canadian Press ($44,752.24 - $72,127.12)
The Times Colonist ($51,653.68 - $77,936.04)
The Globe and Mail ($47.110.96 - $84,199.44)
The Province, The Vancouver Sun ($53,998.36 - $86,140.08)

Salary ranges for public affairs bureau staff:

Public Affairs Officer ($47,278.25 - $79,847.87)
Communications Manager ($68,290.83 - $93,505.88)
Communications Director ($78,797.25 - $110,315.74)
Comment by Gary Edwards on 10th March 2013
Merv, I feel compelled here to warn your readers that my blog articles are written in the mood of the moment.
There is some fairly strong language. It is my way of expressing my thoughts.
The PAB has been on my blog almost daily gathering info. (Just like big brother). And they have used it against me in the past.
So, readers, please be mindful.