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Dispossession by Negotiation – Harper’s Approach to Native Land Rights

Posted October 21, 2014 by The Mound of Sound

In what appears to be “Shame on You, Canada” Day, the Guardian has a damning piece on how the Harper regime is intent on severing Canada’s First Nations from their rightful claims to ancestral lands.

First Nations have been emboldened by this summer’s Supreme Court of Canada William decision, which recognized the aboriginal title of the Tsilhqot’in nation to 1750 square kilometres of their land in central British Columbia – not outright ownership, but the right to use and manage the land and to reap its economic benefits.

The ruling affects all “unceded” territory in Canada – those lands never signed away through a treaty or conquered by war. Which means that over an enormous land-mass – most of British Columbia, large parts of Quebec and Atlantic Canada, and a number of other spots – a new legal landscape is emerging that offers the prospect of much more responsible land stewardship.

…And the Canadian government’s response? Far from embracing these newly recognized Indigenous land rights, they are trying to accelerate their elimination. The court has definitively told Canada to accept the reality of aboriginal title: the government is doing everything in its power to deny it.

This is what dispossession by negotiation looks like. The government demands that First Nations trade away – or in the original term, to “extinguish” – their rights to 95 percent of their traditional territory. Their return is some money and small parcels of land, but insidiously, as private property, instead of in the collective way that Indigenous peoples have long held and stewarded it. And First Nations need to provide costly, exhaustive proof of their rights to their own land, for which they have amassed a stunning $700 million in debt – a debt the government doesn’t think twice about using to arm-twist.

…Despite the pressure, most First Nations have not yet signed their names to these crooked deals – especially when the Supreme Court is simultaneously directing the government to reconcile with First Nations and share the land. But the Supreme Court’s confirmation that this approach is unconstitutional and illegal matters little to the government. What enables them to flout their own legal system is that Canadians remain scarcely aware of it.

Acting without public scrutiny, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is trying to shore up support for this policy – now forty years old – to finally secure the elimination of Indigenous land rights. The process is led by the same man, Douglas Eyford, who has been Harper’s advisor on getting tar sands pipelines and energy projects built in western Canada. That is no coincidence. The government is growing more desperate to remove the biggest obstacle that stands in the way of a corporate bonanza for dirty fossil fuels: the unceded aboriginal title of First Nations – backed now by the Supreme Court of Canada.

…That’s why the habit of government officials, of media and even of Supreme Court judges to call the Tsilhqoti’in “nomadic” bothers [Chief Roger] William so much: his people have lived on these lands for thousands of years, while it is non-natives who are constantly moving and resettling. And what could be more nomadic and transient than the extractive industry itself – grabbing what resources and profits it can before abandoning one area for another.

As Canadians look more closely, they are discovering that the unceded status of vast territories across this country is not a threat, as they’ve long been told. It is a tremendous gift, protected with love by Indigenous nations over generations, to be seized for the possibilities it now offers for governing the land in a radically more just and sustainable way for everyone.
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n this battle between the love of the land and a drive for its destruction, those behind the extractive economy have everything to lose and Indigenous peoples everything to win. The rest of us, depending on our stand, have a transformed country to gain.

What this article reminds us is that, in so many ways, Canada’s First Nations are carrying the fight for us.  They’re doing the heavy lifting.  They’re blocking a rogue government that considers itself above the law whenever that suits it.  Maybe it’s time we showed a little tangible support for everything our First Nations are doing to defend Canada.

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The Disaffected Lib: Dispossession by Negotiation – Harper’s Approach to Native Land Rights

Posted October 21, 2014 by The Mound of Sound

In what appears to be “Shame on You, Canada” Day, the Guardian has a damning piece on how the Harper regime is intent on severing Canada’s First Nations from their rightful claims to ancestral lands.

First Nations have been emboldened by this summer’s Supreme Court of Canada William decision, which recognized the aboriginal title of the Tsilhqot’in nation to 1750 square kilometres of their land in central British Columbia – not outright ownership, but the right to use and manage the land and to reap its economic benefits.The ruling affects all “unceded” territory in Canada – those lands (Read more…)

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The New Republic Slams Harper, Abbott and Canada’s “Government of Thugs”

Posted October 21, 2014 by The Mound of Sound

It’s an American publication so you’ll have to excuse the hyperbole.  The New Republic, in an article entitled, “These Two World Leaders are Laughing While the World Burns Up,” obviously conflated Stephen Harper and his Australian ventriloquist’s dummy, Tony Abbott, with “world leaders.”

Canada once had a shot at being the world’s leader on climate change.  Back in 2002, our northern neighbours had ratified the Kyoto Protocol, the world’s first treaty that required nations to cut their emissions or face penalties.  In 2005, the country hosted an international climate change conference in Montreal, where then-Prime Minister Paul Martin singled out America for its indifference.  “To the reticent nations, including the United States, I say this: There is such a thing as a global conscience,” Martin said.

According to a 2014 Climate Change Performance Index from European groups Climate Action Network Europe and Germanwatch, Canada and Australia occupy the bottom two spots among all 34 countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  Among the 20 countries with the largest economies (G20), only Saudi Arabia ranked lower than them. Canada and Australia’s records on climate change have gotten so bad, they’ve become the go-to examples for Republicans, like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who don’t think climate change exists.

…On the way to his first trip in the U.S., Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott stopped for a full day of talks with Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper in June. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Abbott was in Canada’s capital with the intention of building a “conservative alliance among ‘like-minded’ countries” to try to dismantle global efforts on climate change. At a press conference that day, Harper applauded Abbott’s efforts to gut Australia’s carbon tax. “You’ve used this international platform to encourage our counterparts in the major economies and beyond to boost economic growth, to lower taxes when possible and to eliminate harmful ones, most notably the job-killing carbon tax,” Harper said. He added that “we shouldn’t clobber the economy” by pursuing an emissions trading scheme or a carbon tax. 

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This is how Canada and Australia’s top leaders frame global warming. The two stress that they will always choose short-term economic gain first, disregarding scientific findings and even the interests of their political allies in the process. The countries’ abrupt shift on climate track conservatives’ rise to a majority in Canada in 2011 and in Australia last year.

 The hostility toward environmental interests goes even deeper than energy policy. Harper has battled his own scientists, independent journalists, and environmental groups at odds with his views. 

 
Climate scientists have reported that they are unable to speak to press about their own findings, feeling effectively “muzzled” by agencies that want to script talking points for them. In June, a government spokesperson explained that federal meteorologists must speak only “to their area of expertise,” which does not include climate change, according to a government spokesperson. Journalists sometimes face bullying, too. Environmental author Andrew Nikiforuk told ThinkProgress that “a government of thugs” slandered him and shut him out of events. But environmentalists may fare the worst. Seven environmental nonprofits in Canada have accused the Canada Revenue Agency of unfairly targeting them for audits. According to internal documents obtained by The Guardian, Canada’s police and Security Intelligence Service identified nonviolent environmental protestslike people who oppose hydrofracking and the Keystone XL tar sands pipelineas “forms of attack” fitting the “number of cases where we think people might be inclined to acts of terrorism.” 
 
…A decade ago, our close allies due north and across the Pacific rightly shamed us on our poor response to climate change. Now, they’ve lost the moral high ground. At the September United Nations Climate Summit, the largest gathering of world leaders yet on the issue, both Abbott and Harper were no-shows. The ministers sent in their place also arrived empty-handed; Australia’s foreign minister suggested that only larger countries should be responsible for more ambitious climate action. Canada Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq repeated an already-public commitment that Canada would copy Obama’s fuel economy regulations requiring 35.5 miles per gallon. Afterward, in an interview with the Globe and Mail, Aglukkaq spoke of the unfairness of a global treaty. “It’s not up to one country to solve the global greenhouse-gas emissions. I mean, seriously now, it’s just not fair. We all have to do our part, big or small countries.”
 
That’s true. If only her small country would do its part, too. 
 
A government of thugs indeed.  A government that disgraces our people and our country both at home and on the world stage.
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The Disaffected Lib: The New Republic Slams Harper, Abbott and Canada’s “Government of Thugs”

Posted October 21, 2014 by The Mound of Sound

It’s an American publication so you’ll have to excuse the hyperbole.  The New Republic, in an article entitled, “These Two World Leaders are Laughing While the World Burns Up,” obviously conflated Stephen Harper and his Australian ventriloquist’s dummy, Tony Abbott, with “world leaders.”

Canada once had a shot at being the world’s leader on climate change.  Back in 2002, our northern neighbours had ratified the Kyoto Protocol, the world’s first treaty that required nations to cut their emissions or face penalties.  In 2005, the country hosted an international climate change conference in Montreal, where then-Prime (Read more…)

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Harper’s Experiment to Wrap Canadians in “Protective Stupidity” Mission Accomplished?

Posted October 20, 2014 by The Mound of Sound

The Tyee’s Murray Dobbins laments the success Stephen Harper has had, with the powerful support of a shamelessly collaborative media, at manipulating the Canadian public.Harper’s amoral political calculations about who and when to bomb people has littl…

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Liberal attack columns TV networks and newspaper chains

Posted October 19, 2014 by JR

Media Party columnists hacks routinely bleat about those mean Harperites and their “attack ads” against boy-Justin.  Which is really rich coming from the set that has entire newspaper chains and TV networks at their disposal to attack Conservatives on a daily basis, all at no expense to Liberals. 

Stephen Maher, a “Robocall” hysteric, is one of those.  Presumably to coincide with the release of Trudeau’s new autobiography, yesterday Maher enthused about a new book by Michael Harris smearing Stephen Harper Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover“:

… Michael Harris writes about the Harper- Finkelstein link…
Harper is inspired by Republicans, a leader hostile to Canada’s system of parliamentary democracy, and in Party of One Harris meticulously traces what he sees as Harper’s attack on that system.
… Harris connects the dots between Harper and Finkelstein, who is nicknamed the “merchant of venom” because of his skill with attack ads….

In other words Harris’ book is chock-a-block with paranoid anti-Harper venom.  Of course neither Harris nor Maher would mention that Trudeau’s campaign is inspired (if not actively advised) by Barack Obama’s crew and that Obama has actually vowed to “fundamentally transform America“.

Maher does, however, bring up the Media Party’s recent phony outrage over alleged Conservative copyright abuse:

Harper has been fighting to make Canada safe for attack ads.  … Last week, leaked cabinet documents showed that he wants to change copyright law to allow political parties to use news footage in attack ads.

You’d expect that Maher, as a journalist, would know full well that under copyright fair dealing provisions political parties have long been allowed to use news footage in political ads.  What Maher could also be reasonably expected to know, but fail to mention (naturally), is that the real scandal in this is that the heads of CBC, CTV, Global and CityTV “news” organizations had been secretly colluding (conspiring) to thwart those provisions by mutually agreeing (forming a cartel) not to run Conservative ads using their news clips.

This was all in a corrupt effort to protect Justin Trudeau from his own idiotic musings and, while they were at it, attempt to smear Harper.  This is, apparently, their idea of objectivity and ethics in the news business.  The up-side is that now those CBC, CTV, Global and CityTV “news” executives face criminal charges, big fines and even jail time for violating the Competition Act.

Conservatives use paid “attack” ads, as do all the other parties.  Liberals use the Media Party’s attack newspapers and attack TV networks full time, at no expense to themselves.

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Canadian carbon bubble

Posted October 15, 2014 by Boris

Mark Carney, present Bank of England governor, former Bank of Canada governor thinks we’re in a fossil energy price bubble. If the world reaches a global climate deal, fossil fuel reserves are "unburnable" and therefore pretty much valueless. Indeed, divestment is already fast catching on.If this happens, the Tar Sands, Canada’s single economic bet, becomes nothing more than icky oily sand of use

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Praise for Harper’s stance on Keystone XL

Posted October 12, 2014 by JR

Bloomberg News reports on Canada’s plans to go around Obama on KXL.Also, this morning on Fox News’ “Journal Editorial Report” under “Hits and Misses” Stephen Harper’s stance was billed as a “hit”.[h/t sda]

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Has the Worm Turned? Are Conservatives Beginning to Fold on Climate Change?

Posted October 11, 2014 by The Mound of Sound

Grist.org scribe David Roberts observes the GOP is beginning to wobble on climate change.  He says this may be the time to ramp up the pressure on the Right.

In the following passages, I’ve replaced Roberts’ references to GOP or Republicans with “Conservative” or “Tory.”  It still seems to make sense.

I have said before, the Conservative position on climate is unstable, both intellectually and politically. You can’t credibly deny the science at this point, but if you accept it, “do nothing about it” is an incoherent response. They’ve only gotten away with it for this long because the media and the public don’t care enough to press them on it.
Climate hawks are always predicting that now, finally, is the time when that position will start to crumble. I’ve predicted it myself, and been wrong, or at least premature.
Nonetheless, it really does feel like something is starting to happen. The Tory’s incoherent climate shuck-and-jive is under pressure and the cracks are starting to show. 
The conservative base is convinced that climate change is a U.N. plot for world government. Meanwhile, mainstream elites in [Canada] and virtually every other country in the world, along with every major scientific institution on the planet, say climate change is a real problem. This puts some Conservatives in a bit of a pickle.
There are many Conservatives in the House of [Commons] …who have no reason to care about anything but what the base wants. They are elected with sufficiently large and safe majorities that their only real worry is attack from their right. And of course there are lots of conservative commentators, pundits, and gasbags who make a living appealing to the base and have no incentive whatsoever to challenge it.
There are some in the conservative fold, however, who need either the votes or the support of people outside the right-wing bubble. And to people outside the bubble, “climate change is a hoax” has started to look like a crazy conspiracy theory.
However, no conservative is allowed to endorse taxes or pollution regulations of any kind, ever. Opposition to “big government” is far more fundamental to the coalition than anything to do with climate change, one way or the other.
So Conservatives reaching outside the bubble need a way of appearing not to deny the science, but not quite accepting it either, while absolutely denying anything should be done about it. It’s not pretty to watch.
 …the minute the Tory’s position(s) on climate change are put under the slightest pressure, babbling incoherence follows. They jump from “no climate change” to “climate change but it’s not caused by humans” to “caused by humans but too expensive to solve” to “quit talking about science I want to talk about job-killing regulations LA LA LA!” And so on, back and forth among them, with no thought of how they contradict one another. It’s an intellectual train wreck.
The more the media and the public start caring about this, the more they push, the more trouble the Conservatives will face. Once you leave behind truculent denialism and acknowledge that climate change is a real problem, you are on a slippery slope. Oddly, the best summary of this dynamic comes from, of all places, a Republican consultant and energy lobbyist, Mike McKenna:
“If you really believe the apocalyptic rhetoric coming out of the White House, then you’ve got to do something,” he said, echoing a point often made by climate advocates. “You’re morally required to do something. It is untenable, politically, philosophically, ideologically and from a common-sense basis to say, ‘We agree that everything is going to hell, but we don’t think anything should be done about it. Or we want to sit around and wait for another six months to figure out what to do.’”
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
What’s going on in the States could also be underway in Canada.  When the Montreal Gazette breaks ranks to lambaste Harper for ignoring the peril to Canada and Canadians posed by climate change something just might be afoot.
Harper conservatism is plainly vulnerable on climate change and it should be made a prominent issue in the 2015 elections.  It’s a damned shame that neither the Liberals nor the NDP have a coherent, meaningful policy of their own to use against Harper.

 

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Canada in Iraq: Suppressing fire

Posted October 5, 2014 by Boris

So Harper announces that he’s sending six very old fighter airframes to Iraq (the desert is very hard on advanced fighter aircraft and takes years off airframe life), along with Aurora surveillance and other assets. These are essentially providing air …

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The end of “progressive” soft power

Posted September 30, 2014 by JR

A modified version of this column by Kelly McParland appeared in today’s Post as an editorial entiled “The end of ‘soft power'”:

U.S. President Barack Obama’s sudden about-face on the Middle East has exacerbated the difficulty that self-styled progressives face in sorting out how to deal with the world’s many emerging threats. Mr. Obama came to office preaching a highly progressive approach to confronting rogue, terror-supporting states: dialogue, diplomacy, co-operation and brotherhood, along with a pronounced reluctance to commit U.S. military forces on any fresh foreign entanglement. But it didn’t work. Now he’s trying bombs. He has come to realize that the most problematic actors on the world stage don’t share his enthusiasm for reason, negotiation and peace….

Having contributed military advisors to the effort against ISIS, Canada has a direct stake in this battle. The campaign should be of interest to Canadians for another reason, too. With Mr. Obama’s renunciation of his touchy-feely approach to international relations, it makes it difficult to argue that “soft power” and “honest brokerage,” two of our own foreign-policy establishment’s favourite catchphrases during the Liberal years, ever had much value on the world stage.  

Since Stephen Harper came to power, his opponents have crafted the notion that Canada once was a widely respect middle power that now has squandered its reputation thanks to the Conservatives’ renunciation of soft-power shibboleths. …

People who cut off aid workers’ heads don’t call out for “honest brokers.” They call out for bombs and bullets.

From the comments behind the pay-wall, Stephen Boyling wrote:

 This Editorial, although significantly watered down from what most of us have been saying for years, will do, especially after the immoral mea culpa Obama splashed us with during his UN pirouette.  The prime minister of Israel gave the speech the president of the United States of America should have given.  That, tied to the speech of prime minister Harper and his focus on what it takes, what is needed to suffocate the madness that is born in backwater dictatorships and 5-star sand lots made for a more than compelling argument when it comes to standing up to Islamic madness.

Next year in Canada, God save us from Obama-lite.  A man trying to run a race without first learning how to walk.

Amen.

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Speakers in Houses

Posted September 24, 2014 by Boris

Well, we’ve always suspected The Mouthpiece takes his orders from the Great Grey Glans. Mr. Mulcair finally called him out on it, and duly punished. On Iraq no less, where the Harper Regime has deployed Canadian troops but won’t tell us anything else a…

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Baubles, RCAF edition

Posted September 22, 2014 by Boris

The news yesterday was about the RCAF (officers, mostly, save for ‘aviators’) joining the RCN and the Army (officers, entirely) in the back to the future schtick of reverting to pre-Trudeau unification ranks and symbolism.

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FIPA 2025

Posted September 15, 2014 by Boris

14 January 2026
In retrospect, the US military occupation of the Tar Sands and northwest BC coast to Kitimat and Prince Rupert in 2025 was a little predictable. The confrontation with China over energy resources had been brewing for years.

The 2014 …

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Food for thought: Harper, IS and terror in Canada

Posted September 7, 2014 by Boris

Until now, Canada is not a country that has openly committed military forces to conflicts where the adversary uses terror attacks on our soil as a weapon. Yes, there have been the occassional half-arsed terror plots in the past decade or so, but unlike…

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Harper’s politics of cynicism….

Posted September 7, 2014 by trashee

… and an empty shelf in the pantry where “ethics” used to be… Wandering around the Interweb, I found this cutting piece that brilliantly sums up the CPC modus operandi as follows: The Harper Government is a public relations oriented government. The machine seems to operate in the following manner; get the youngsters in the […]

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The Voters?

Posted September 1, 2014 by Boris

Where to begin.

The Globe is reporting Harper is resisting a NATO-wide call to increase defence spending to two per cent of GDP. He says it’s our fault apparently because us voters wouldn’t support such an increase in defence spending. Maybe so, but c…

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La femme du français

Posted July 21, 2014 by Claude Dupras

Elle est née en Haïti. En 1968, sous la dictature de François « papa doc » Duvalier, sa famille fuit son pays pour s’établir à Thetford Mines, la ville de l’amiante québécoise au Canada, où il n’y a aucune famille noire. Elle a onze ans.

Ses études la mènent à l’université de Montréal où elle obtient un baccalauréat langues et littérature espagnoles et italiennes. Durant et après ses études, elle démontre une sensibilité particulière pour les femmes victimes de violence conjugale. Puis, les dirigeants du réseau français de Radio-Canada la remarque dans un documentaire de l’Office National du Film canadien et lui offre un emploi. Elle n’a que vingt ans. Elle devient reporter et animatrice et sept ans plus tard lectrice de l’émission de nouvelles « Le Téléjournal ». Elle est de plus, interviewer de personnalités canadiennes et d’autres pays.
Son nom est Michaëlle Jean et les Canadiens n’ont pas fini d’en entendre parler.
Elle épouse un français, cinéaste et philosophe, Jean Daniel Lafond. Ils adoptent une jeune fille haïtienne.
Bilingue parfaite, la chaine anglophone de Radio-Canada, quatre ans plus tard, l’invite à se joindre aussi à elle. Puis, elle devient animatrice du Téléjournal, et en 2004 anime sa propre émission « Michaëlle » diffusée en français.
En 2005, une surprise attend tous les Canadiens. Le 4 août, le premier ministre Paul Martin annonce que Michaëlle Jean devient Gouverneur Général du Canada, le 27ième. Les canadiens-haïtiens sont fous de joie, les autres étonnés. Elle est la première personne noire à remplir ce poste. Elle a 37 ans. Mais comme elle est aussi de nationalité française, acquise lors de son mariage, elle doit renoncer à celle-ci étant donné qu’elle sera la commandante-en-chef des Forces Armées Canadiennes. Ainsi est faite la constitution.  Elle rencontre, avec sa famille, la reine Élizabeth à sa maison d’été de Balmoral pour respecter la tradition et devient la vice-royale canadienne.
Son discours inaugural met l’accent sur ce qu’elle identifie comme les « deux solitudes » canadiennes. Elle veut instaurer un pacte de solidarité entre les peuples fondateurs du pays. Mais son discours va plus loin, et touche les relations entre les différentes communautés ethniques, linguistiques, culturelles et de genre.
La nouvelle Gouverneur générale est très active et représente la Canada partout : JO d’hiver en Italie, festival d’Iqaluit au Nunavut, en Algérie, au Mali, au Ghana, en Afrique du sud, au Maroc, en Argentine, en Haïti. Partout elle encourage les droits des femmes, particulièrement dans les pays musulmans. En Afghanistan, elle prend position pour la mission de paix affirmant que « le Canada est fier de faire partie des 37 pays qui ont entrepris de restaurer la stabilité et la reconstruction du pays ». Elle est à Vimy pour la commémoration du 90ième anniversaire de la bataille. Et encore… 
Elle rencontre les chefs d’état de multiples pays, dont la présidente du Chili, l’héritier et nouveau roi d’Espagne, le président hongrois et des dizaines d’autres.
En 2008, elle doit gérer une crise politique inédite au Canada. Le gouvernement minoritaire Harper est en difficulté après que l’opposition ait rejeté son énoncé économique. Les partis d’opposition lui proposent de se substituer au gouvernement en créant un gouvernement de coalition. Une première en politique canadienne. Elle refuse et décide de proroger la session parlementaire de deux mois jusqu’au dépôt du budget. Harper est sauvé.
À la fin du mandat de Michaëlle Jean, Harper crée une surprise en ne le renouvelant pas. Elle le voulait, il ne l’a pas voulu. Pourtant ses  prédécesseurs l’avaient fait pour les gouverneurs généraux du passé. Et cela, malgré que 57% des Canadiens approuvent son travail et considèrent qu’elle les a toujours représentés dignement et avec compétence. Harper est du genre conservateur-républicain-américain et veut avoir le contrôle total sur les affaires de l’état et comme elle montrait un peu d’indépendance…
L’ONU qui a remarqué les talents de Michaëlle Jean, la nomme « envoyée spéciale pour l’éducation, la science et la culture en Haïti » dans le but d’obtenir des fonds pour la reconstruction et l’éducation dans ce pays. Puis, le sénégalais Abdou Diouf, secrétaire général de la Francophonie, la nomme comme « grand témoin » pour les JO d’été de Londres afin de promouvoir la langue française. Entre temps, elle préside le conseil d’administration de l’Institut québécois des hautes études internationales à l’université de Laval et devient la chancelière de l’Université d’Ottawa.
Abdou Diouf démissionne de son poste en 2014 et Michaëlle Jean exprime son intention de le remplacer. C’est un poste très important. Mais elle n’est pas seule à viser cette nomination. Il y a aussi Pierre Buyoya, l’ancien président du Burundi, et le socialiste Bertrand Delanoë, l’ex-maire de Paris. Buyoya mise sur les suffrages de l’Afrique Centrale ce qui lui donne des créances démocratiques, tandis que Delanoë compte sur le fait qu’il est socialiste et qu’il a appuyé le président socialiste François Hollande lors des primaires de son parti pour le choix du candidat.
Michaëlle Jean ne désespère pas car elle a beaucoup d’atouts. N’est–elle pas un symbole de la francophonie plurielle ? N’a-t-elle pas l’esprit de résistance de son peuple comme elle l’a si bien démontré au Canada ? Ne s’est-elle pas investie dans le combat social canadien en travaillant auprès de femmes en difficultés ?  Malgré son travail intellectuel, n’a-t-elle pas toujours montré son sens pratique pour aider les femmes violentées ? Lors du terrible tremblement de terre  en Haïti, n’a-t-elle pas transformé son bureau en centrale téléphonique pour les initiatives de secours sur la base des informations reçues ?
Comme les Haïtiens dont la vie est difficile et qui souffrent, elle a démontré qu’elle sait composer avec le chaos et qu’elle a une capacité de résistance et d’organisation dans toutes situations. Tous les liens qu’elle a tissés avec les pays africains, dans sa carrière de journaliste et de chef d’État, ont créé une sympathie envers elle et naturellement Haïti, où étaient « menés des millions d’Africains lors de la traite négrière ». Elle propose aujourd’hui, une « francophonie de la diversité culturelle et du pluralisme », dont elle est l’exemple, « assise sur la francophonie politique, les valeurs démocratiques et l’état de droit » réalisés par les présidents passés de l’organisme.
Elle met surtout l’accent sur le développement économique qui est, pour elle, le vrai espoir des jeunes. « A quoi sert de produire des milliers de diplômés si c’est pour en faire des chômeurs ou des demandeurs d’asile ? », demande-elle ?
Elle réclame aussi le respect des droits de l’Homme qui pour elle « préservent les valeurs du peuple et son rayonnement plus grand que ses ressources », citant le Sénégal comme exemple.
Malgré que le Canada appuie sa candidature, c’est aussi un aspect négatif pour elle à cause du comportement offensif de sociétés minières canadiennes en Afrique. « J’entends mettre l’accent sur la responsabilité sociale des entreprises… », assure-t-elle pour obvier à ces craintes.
Michaëlle Jean a toutes les qualités pour bien remplir l’importante tâche de secrétaire générale de l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie. Elle incarne la francophonie du futur, celle du bon sens économique. Elle est la candidate idéale pour être dans le monde, la femme du français.
Mais à ce jour, la France la boude. Elle se montre sceptique aux propositions de Michaëlle Jean, pour une francophonie plurielle et diverse qui s’ouvre sur le monde. Le malheur pour la candidate canadienne est que la France assure plus de 70% du budget de l’organisation, ce qui fait que sa voix est prépondérante. Je ne serais pas surpris que le gouvernement français opte pour un ses siens qui se cherche un emploi, le socialiste Bertrand Delanoë, ex-maire de Paris. Ce n’est pas le meilleur candidat, mais il est “du bon bord”. 
Claude Dupras

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