While a lot of us were getting all bent out of shape about Justin Bieber’s comments, Ezra Levant went on a tirade on Sun News in a typical Fox News North style on the day of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) election.
“What’s the most exclusive club in Canada? An elite fraternity that’s limited to 633 millionaires, and even then you can’t just buy your way in. it’s like one of those exclusive golf clubs in the deep south, if you are not the right race you are not allowed to join at any price, except of course maybe as a caddy,” he says about Assembly of First Nations. “Oh and you and I pay for it through our taxes. We’re the reason that they are millionaires.”
“The wealth and privilege of these chiefs comes to the expense of normal Indians. The money that they take for themselves is money that doesn’t go to housing, hospitals, or schools on Indian reserves across Canada.”
“More than the wasting infrastructure is the wasting people. Despite millionaire chiefs, Indians are much more likely than other Canadians to have drug and alcohol problems, unemployment, crime, suicide. Not the chiefs though, they are living large like Wall Street bankers before the 2008 crash.”
I don’t know about your chief, but my chief was in Toronto during the AFN elections. He was wearing clothing purchased likely at Mark’s Workwear House and he ate very happily with me and my brother at Real Sports taking revel at the 39 foot TV. He is hardly the epitome of a millionaire, more like an average working man trying to do the best for his community. When my father was chief back in the day, he ensured that band members got housing before his own family did. We lived for years in a section of the church so that others could prosper before we did.
Now I know not all bands are operated the same, and there is room for transparency by each and every band, I do think that this rant by Levant was uncalled for. It contributes to the stereotypes of First Nations politicians in a grossly exaggerated way. Note that there is not one mention of residential schools or colonialism and it’s generational effect while in discussion to anything. That might be too humanizing for us “Indians” (which he said a total of 10 times before four minutes into the video).
While I have actually enjoyed some of Ezra Levants work, this rant is not the first time he has shown proof of just how much he despises us “Indians”.
Photo from Montreal Simon