Ottawa Citizen

Un­nec­es­sary hur­dles

Re: Se­na­tor ques­tions chief’s strat­egy, Dec. 27.

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As ul­ti­ma­tums are not the way to start a dis­course that may even­tu­ally ne­ces­si­tate some form of mu­tual agree­ment, At­tawapiskat First Na­tion Chief Theresa Spence is cre­at­ing un­nec­es­sary hur­dles with her in­sis­tence to meet only with Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper and Gover­nor Gen­eral David John­ston.

Her re­fusal to meet with the min­is­ter of abo­rig­i­nal af­fairs and Se­na­tor Pa­trick Brazeau while mak­ing time to meet with NDP leader Thomas Mul­cair, along with con­tenders for the Lib­eral lead­er­ship, only serves to un­der­mine the sig­nif­i­cance of her ob­jec­tives.

If Chief Spence is re­ally se­ri­ous about es­tab­lish­ing a mean­ing­ful di­a­logue, she may wish to con­sider the mer­its of of­fers at bridge-build­ing rather than pur­sue tac­tics that sim­ply cre­ate fu­tile fences.

DALE BOIRE, Ot­tawa

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