Trudeau's embrace of First Nations laudable, but throwing money at their problems isn't the answer

  • National Newswatch

“The right thing to do.” Justin Trudeau is using that line from last week's throne speech to justify a raft of measures he hopes will improve the lives of indigenous people.But there are few signs the policy and spending implications of the commitments the prime minister made Tuesday to chiefs of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) have been thought through. In a speech, he promised he would be their “partner.”The chiefs — foremost among them the clearly delighted National Chief, Perry Bellegarde, already quite cozy with Trudeau — gave him repeated standing ovations. And no wonder: the new prime minister has already agreed to give them pretty much everything they want.