Political correctness is allowing Aboriginal women to be abused and murdered because few dare to state the obvious — that most Aboriginal women, like non-Aboriginal women, are beaten and killed by someone they know, usually the male in their lives who is supposed to love them.
So, as I have said before, how much good would a public inquiry do? The non-Native social welfare and justice systems are not the problem. The problem is that both the general culture, as well as the culture on reserves, is misogynist. According to Merriam Webster, that is not simply a general “hatred of women” (although it can be that), it is “the entrenched prejudice against women.” And when you combine that kind of implicit prejudice with addictions, you have a lethal brew.
The reality is that women, like men, make choices. Sometimes their choices lead to good outcomes. Sometimes they don’t. If you abuse your children, they will be taken away from you. If you abuse your sisters and wives, they will run away from home. If you get involved with a bad crowd, bad things will happen.
Yet, rather than naming the actual problem, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and NDP leader Tom Mulcair continue to demand a public inquiry.
Thankfully, mainstream journalists are telling it like it is.
- Andrew Coyne of the National Post writes that a public inquiry is not justified, given the 2013 RCMP report.
- Jeffrey Simpson of the Globe and Mail says the demand for such an inquiry is political posturing.
- Ezra Levant of Sun News says, while the deaths are a horrendous tragedy, nothing would be gained by an inquiry.
- Lastly, Thomas Walkom of the Toronto Star, lays out in detail why an inquiry is not needed — details which can also be found in the RCMP Executive Summary.
The crux of the matter is that Aboriginal leaders, male and female alike, need to acknowledge that only they can do anything about the abuses going on in their communities that is perpetuated by Aboriginal men. As one of the points in the RCMP Report’s Executive Summary states: “Most [Aboriginal] homicides were committed by men and most of the perpetrators knew their victims — whether as an acquaintance or a spouse.”
Speaking of political posturing and pandering: Premier Ghiz here and Premier Wall and Aboriginal leaders here. Seems like political affiliation and/or a provincial election in the near future has nothing to do with this — right? I mean, Mr. Ghiz actually goes so far as to suggest if PM Harper does not call an inquiry, Canadians need a new PM. As well, Thomas Mulcair promises an inquiry within 100 days of a NDP federal government being elected. So, there you have it. Provincial Liberal (Ghiz), Provincial Conservative (Wall), Federal NDP (Mulcair). And, we already know what Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau thinks — that PM Harper is on the wrong side of history because he won’t call an inquiry.
See also links in Gabby’s comment here.
And, therein is why nothing concrete is ever done.
Here is a column by Kelly McParland reminding everyone about the 1996 Royal Commission and the fact that there have been 29 studies and reports since that date — with some 500 recommendations. In other words, shouldn’t the country be looking to implement some of those recommendations as opposed to another report. Yet, as McParland says, another inquiry is a good way to look like you’re doing something when in fact you are doing nothing. Sad. Really sad.