Last week there were a series of protests by members of the Canadian Aboriginal community over matter or another related to oil and gas. This vocal group—if you can believe what they are saying—are adamantly opposed to oil or gas pipelines of any shape or form. These protesters and their leaders have opposed the construction of pipelines that would get Western Canada’s petroleum products to the Pacific Ocean so that we, as Canadians, can receive world prices for our oil and gas and not the artificially low price that has plagued the oil and gas industry for too long.

Too many Indigenous peoples have participated with various environmental groups to delay the construction of pipeline facilities that benefit all Canadians.

An obvious question is: Who is paying the legal costs associated with the myriad court challenges that have been a curse to our so-called free market economy?

If the Indigenous peoples are paying the legal costs (which by any measure would be excessive), where are they getting the funds? Is the Liberal Federal Government paying for the Indians to fight the construction of pipelines in our Courts? If not our federal government, then who? Could it be left-wing activists in the United States who have a vested interest in keeping our gas—and oil in particular—a captive of the United States where they get the raw product at bargain basement prices to be converted to other oil-based products in Texas refineries? Nobody seems to know, or if someone does know, mum’s the word.

The Canadian Government pays our Indigenous communities billions of dollars a year and has done this for too many years. In fact, most Canadian Indigenous tribes are totally dependent on Canadian taxpayer largess to survive. Yet they have the audacity to bite the hand that makes feeding their people a reality. They call themselves “Nations.”, Nations that are for all intents and purposes, dependent on the generosity of Canadian taxpayers. Yet too many of these people have the gall to oppose something that will ensue their continued time at the trough. Not very bright in my opinion.

It is not politically correct to criticize Indigenous people. Letters to the editor that are the least bit critical of these people and their ungrateful, downright stupid positions are ignored. The editorial silence on the subject of Indian preferential treatment, in virtually all things, is interesting and gives the impression that the antics of our native friends are actually supported by the majority of Canadians. However, that has not been my experience. There is a credible undercurrent of disgust prevalent among average Canadians who has worked hard and paid too much in taxes only to see certain groups be the beneficiaries of their hard work. The silent majority are, in a word, “sick” of policies adopted by politicians who enjoy spending other people’s money on one fool thing or another. The point is, the pot will dry up unless our so-called leaders, the limousine liberal environmentalists, and our dependent natives wake the hell up and do what is necessary for the benefit of all Canadians.