Friday, May 31, 2013

Mi’kmaq recognition

The government has suddenly disowned the process

"Gerry Byrne, Liberal MP for the Newfoundland riding of Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte, has introduced a motion in parliament calling on the agreement to be extended and remaining applicants to be assessed under current criteria.

"Byrne, who has applied for Indian status under the deal, notes the committee assessing applications has always included two federal government representatives. After four years of enforcing the agreement's enrolment criteria, the government has suddenly disowned the process and tried to paint applicants as frauds, Byrne charges.

"Instead of saying, 'We didn't know what we were doing and we signed something we regret,' the government is now saying, 'It's the applicant's fault,'" Byrne says in an interview.