From left to right: Roy Francis, Chief Clint Williams, Michael Ignatieff, Stewart Alsgard
The contortions by John Weston, Conservative MP for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country, and the entire Harper government, on the question of the unprecedented delay in initialing the Sliammon treaty, have been spellbinding.
On the one hand Mr. Weston says that he has not read thetreaty, and on the other he says that “I’ve done everything in my power to expedite the Treaty process”. One the one hand Mr. Weston says, “I’ve done my best to ensure we get the Treaty right. On the other he says that he has not been “involved” in the “review” process that he claims have held it up. On the one hand Weston says that the treaty is “unconstitutional”. On the other he says that he is “Standing with the Sliammon. We’ve run a long way; let’s finish the race together”.
So what are the Sliammon people and City of Powell River, and regional district to make of these flagrant contradictions?
Here’s how Clint Williams, Chief of the Sliammon First Nation see’s it: “We are absolutely appalled and stunned that our own MP, John Weston, has not been a strong supporter for moving this matter forward. We are truly shocked and speechless.”