A leopard can't change its spots and the NDP's Nahanni Fontaine can't change her bias against white people.
We got another taste of her advocacy for aboriginal apartheid in Hansard's official account of debate in the Legislature last week.
Fontaine, the NDP's parachute candidate in St. John's riding, was promoting the need for native midwives and doulas for pregnant "indigenous women" in northern Manitoba (what about the rest of the expectant mothers? - ed.) when she --- oh, so casually --- started talking about how traumatic it was for these women to be in the care of ...
White medical professionals.
"And so, as the minister knows, you know, indigenous women have to come to the south to have their babies. Often, they come without any supports. They are immersed in white space."
For people unfamiliar with the latest racial nomenclature, she explained:
"And so, you know, for women that are here alone, and that are immersed in white space, with white nurses, white doctors, it can be incredibly alienating and impact on the delivery of their baby."
Fontaine is no stranger to overt bias against whites.
She was neck-deep in the controversy around Deputy Premier Eric Robinson's secret email to her demonstrating his contempt for "do-good white people".
Their email exchange, which the NDP government tried to hide from exposure through the province's Freedom of Information Act, led to Robinson's declaration that he was allowed to be prejudiced against whites because of how they treated him in the past.
That went over so well with voters that they threw Robinson out of office in the October election.
Fontaine also once promoted the boycott of white businesses, a history she refused to discuss when on her own campaign trail.
There's no word on whether the NDP's other star aboriginal candidate, Wab Kinew, supports aboriginal apartheid as he hasn't said anything on the issue one way or another. Neither has NDP interim leader Flor Marcilino, although she may just be confused.
Under apartheid in South Africa, Filipinos sometimes were and sometimes weren't considered "honorary whites" along with Chinese, Japanese and South Koreans.
But Wikipedia says South Africans of Filipino descent were classified as "black."
Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to conceive.