"Aboriginal referendum is one of the most amateurish, one-sided attempts to gauge the public will that I have seen in my professional career." - Angus Reid
(For cryin' in the soup! This is the same guy who has made millions on one sided surveys.)
By now you've probably received your little envelope of love from Gordon Campbell in the form of a referendum questionnaire. That's right, in a time when hospitals are shutting down, they spend 9 million on a flyer asking if you hate Indians.
I for one am having a hard time accepting the fact that this whole time I had Gordon Campbell pegged all wrong. When you think of it, at least he put out a flyer, I mean, Hitler never had the decency to do that. Although Hitler did give everyone jobs.
But realistically, in a province where a legally binding
contract can now be torn up at the whim of the government there is no
reason to believe that this glorified opinion poll will be binding upon
Are you ready for the best part? Attorney-General Geoff Plant says the result will only be binding if he gets the answers he wants. So if you vote yes "I do hate injuns" then they'll clap their hands with glee and proceed with the attack. If the whole province votes no or burns their ballots, well, it was just a poll so they're going to attack anyway.
You may as well just throw it out because when it comes down to it, all you really have there is a door to door declaration of war. Which, when you think about it, is quite a ballsy move. If I was Gordo, all proud and getting ready to put an Olympic feather in my cap; I certainly wouldn't want to declare war on a people who are ready, willing, and able to block the bid, or should I say road.
So what should you do with it? You can burn it, recycle it, give it to your auntie Ruth for a Groundhog Day present. It's quite sad, but it makes not a lick of difference, either way it's going to get very ugly. When it comes down to it, it's simply dangerous, divisive and morally wrong to ask the majority to decide an issue that affects the minority.
By ripping up contracts and putting the province out of work Gordon Campbell has made it clear that this is in fact a lawless province, if you can afford it. But how smart is it to break laws then push people until they have nothing to loose? I suppose we'll just have to sit back, wait and see.