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February 11, 2011

By Jeff Parkinson

When the news broke in late 2010 that some Native chiefs earn more than the Prime Minister, and that councillor Mike Halliday of the Glooscap First Nation in Nova Scotia which has a membership of 304 brought home $978,000 in 2008, Canadians were startled. When CBC tried to interview Halliday on Nov 26 2010, he threatened to have them removed by police.

When resident Sherie Francis spoke out about living in poverty while her representatives get rich, she says Halliday threatened to fire her from her job at a band operated store.

The revelation was the result of some freedom of information act digging by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

When confronted with the numbers, Chief Shirley Clarke of the Glooscap First Nation admitted that while only 87 people actually live on the Reserve, she personally takes home $243,000 per year, but she said she “works hard” for that salary and that it’s “unfair” for those numbers to be made public.

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October 7, 2007

With the Remember Us March just one day away, the opportunity to take a stand has shown what many people are truly made of. Perhaps it was naive of me to expect to see the “leaders” accept a chance to show leadership, but the list of true cowards is growing each day. A look at some of those who have shown great courage and some who are trying desperately to hide under a rock is in order.

The Gualtieri Family:

One can not use the words Caledonia and Courage without immediately thinking of these incredible people. After the attempted murder of Sam Gualtieri in a home he was building for his daughter on Stirling Street, these folks had every reason in the world to run and hide from the media, the public, and the thugs who altered their lives forever.

Within hours of the attack, they had decided to go to the media, fight for justice, and will have Sam’s brother Joe speaking on their behalf at the March. I have had the privilege of meeting and speaking with not only Joe but other family members and they are a true symbol of what this Country should be about. Hard working honest people who refuse to give up their rights and freedoms at the whim of a handful of criminals.

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Statement for the Freedom March, Caledonia 

Today is a day when we should all be at home with family celebrating Thanksgiving.  Instead, sadly enough, you are here making an important point about freedom: freedom of expression, freedom of speech, freedom of association, and freedom not to live in fear in your own homes and your own city.

We have been blessed to live in Canada, a country that usually celebrates these freedoms even when they challenge us on sensitive issues such as this.   Everyone wants to see a peaceful resolution to the troubles in Caledonia. Everyone wants a quick resolution to the troubles and disagreements in Caledonia.  

Governments need to step up to facilitate an end to the standoff so freedom can be returned to Caledonia. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is a national, not-for-profit organization with 68,000 supporters. Our mandate is to fight for lower taxes, less waste and greater accountability in government.  The standoff has cost taxpayers over $50 million dollars and government has not been accountable for the tremendous hardships all have faced. People like the Gualtieri’s and the Brown’s, injured OPP officers and so many others can attest to that. 

It has been more than 19 long months since this standoff began and it appears no closer to resolution today. Thanks to the unfortunate acts of a few, the failure of governments and the failure of police to act, all are suffering.

Read the full statement here