To the Editors,
While still fully embroiled in the SNC-Lavalin scandal, and after effectively getting rid of the first Indigenous Attorney General, Justin Trudeau put his other foot in his mouth. Our “sunny ways” PM has, as the old saying goes, cooked his own goose! According to Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the BC Indian Chiefs, Trudeau is “a very self-centered, conceited, arrogant, smug and mean-spirited individual who has revealed himself to be who he really is … Indigenous people are used to Justin Trudeau’s apologies and alligator tears.”
This was in response to Trudeau’s very careless and tasteless remarks at a Liberal fundraiser. An Indigenous woman at the $1,500 donation event, reminded Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that he had not kept his promise to fund a specialized mercury treatment facility in northwestern Ontario at Grassy Narrows.
Between 1962 and 1970, Dryden Chemicals pulp and paper mill leaked about 9,000 kilograms of mercury into the English-Wabigoon River system, and into the fish. The fish were a food source for the community and soon signs of mercury poisoning were evident.