After fifteen months of failed negotiations in the Caledonia dispute, veteran aboriginal affairs negotiator Jane Stewart is being replaced.
The former Liberal Indian affairs minister is being replaced by Murray Coolican, a former deputy minister of Ontario's aboriginal affairs department, after a year at the negotiating table and with no deal to end the occupation of a former housing development site in Caledonia, Ont.According to Dalton McGuinty, the Federal Government is in a "conflict of interest" should they fail to hire an independent body to settle outstanding land claims like Caledonia.
"Right now the federal government finds itself in an untenable position - it has to decide whether or not it's going to give up some of its own land. I think that puts them in a very difficult position."Dalton The Gimp fails to mention that the land disputed in the Douglas Creek Estates has not been crown land for over a hundred years until his government purchased it with other people's money prior to consulting with the federal government. He has yet to answer allegations that according to his own logic, or lack thereof, the appointment of a new provincial negotiator puts his government in a conflict of interest because that chunk of land happens to be within Ontario's borders.
The government giveth and the government taketh away.
cp: Dust My Broom