Canada – Bill S-3, Can We Afford It?

Can Canadians afford to pass Bill S-3?  Basically, Bill S-3 wants to give Indian status to all descendants of men and women who married non-Indians before 1951, going back to the 1800s.

This would give millions more people status under the Indian Act.  And with Indian status comes benefits.  Who wouldn’t want those benefits?

Who is going to pay for this?  The country already spends more than it makes…and that situation does not look like it will change any time soon.

I am sure that this thinking will be labelled as racism.  Still, it must be said. There is no infinite supply of money in Canada.  It all comes from taxes.  Somebody has to pay those taxes.

Sooner or later, governments will have to learn how to say NO! We can’t afford it.

System that rewards status Indians is spectacularly unfair

Chief Rick O’Bomsawin of Odanak, Que., is urging a House of Commons committee to pass Bill S-3, which would give First Nations women full equality with men. But much more — and much less, financially — must be done before we are all treated equally.

 In 1985, tens of thousands of women were given Indian status, but S-3 would grant it to as many as two million more people. Indian status gives people many valuable tax breaks, as well as post-secondary education and supplementary health benefits that most Canadians must pay for.

Metis and non-status Indians also want admission to this exclusive club. These are very large groups.

A few years ago when the federal government opened up applications to Newfoundlanders claiming aboriginal ancestry, they were stunned by the response — the government offices were swamped with applications. Now they’re trying to find a way to stem the tide.

It’s difficult to blame these millions of people for wanting these very rich Indian status benefits. A person who can prove that an ancestor was aboriginal can have their children’s very expensive university education completely paid for, even if they are wealthy. A person with Indian status might never have to pay income tax, and they can pass this million-dollar exemption on to their descendants. Prescription drugs, eye glasses, hearing aids and other pricey items are absolutely free, simply based on having a bit of the right kind of DNA. – Chronicle Journal

read full article here  

Update: “children who can trace their ancestry back to an Indian woman marrying a non-Indian man.” removed from opening paragraph and replaced with “descendants of men and women who married non-Indians before 1951, going back to the 1800s..”

Update: all references to status benefits have been removed.

Update September 27, 2017: Bill S-3 was defeated in a House of Parliament vote on June 21, 2017..the last day before Parliament was adjourned for summer. The Liberals and Conservatives voted No.

Yes – 43    No – 241

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