NDP plans to hit resource companies with a "sharing tax"
Just for a break, someone decided to clear the email. What he discovered was more shocking than Anastasia Steele in bondage and begging for it 'rough'.
It was a government press release on a ban to peat mining in provincial parks. Hardly heart-pounding stuff, you say. The last time we even thought of peat moss was when we bought a Venus Fly Trap for the office.
Ever since the last provincial election, government news releases have read more like NDP promotional material than neutral information on government business. We've taken note of this politicization of the public service and for that reason we pay close attention to these releases, even one on peat moss.
We not only read it, we read it to the very bottom, where we found this paragraph:
Alarm bells went off. Opportunities for Aboriginal benefit sharing? This is the government that's spend tens of thousands of dollars telling us "we're all treaty people", which, to their regret, led us to read the treaties of which we're part.
Those treaties clearly state that "aboriginals" have no special rights to "benefit sharing."
Aboriginal benefit sharing is the twenty-first century phrase for welfare.
Here is the government foreshadowing a vital change in the way it treats resource development companies in Manitoba. The NDP plans to extort money from those companies under the guise of "aboriginal benefit sharing". No payoffs to Indian reserves, no sign off by the government on resource projects. It's nothing less than a secret tax.
We remember another phrase from an earlier century---follow the money. The NDP intends to funnel money to a special group. Make no mistake. This is taking money that could be going to the greater good of Manitobans and channeling it to a group which the government wants to benefit at the expense of everyone else.
Because that money will go directly to the group, there will be no record of how its spent. Because it won't be government money, there will be no accountability.
Resource companies will be told to pay the "sharing tax" directly to the Indian bands in a pretense that it is voluntary and not forced by government.
But, of course, any special group that gets special treatment from the NDP owes the NDP a favour, right?
We've already seen the NDP subvert Elections Manitoba with a kickback scheme once that we know of http://blackrod.blogspot.com/2009/06/ndps-election-fraud-coverup-is.html.
With an emasculated Opposition and news media, what's to stop them from subverting democracy again?