Jan 02 2013
I was kind of wondering when a Canadian journalist would get around to pointing out the obvious (Thanks Ezra): for someone on a hunger strike for 23 days, the double-chinned Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence doesn’t seem like she’s lost a whole lot of weight. At this rate, she might just be able to hold out until sometime in March. How many calories are in fish broth, lemon tea and all of those vitamin supplements she’s taking, anyway? Indeed, where is the precedent for calling this particular regimen a “hunger strike”? I’m sure she is hungry — but is it overly cynical of me to suspect that she’s in more danger of cardiac arrest from too much salt in her diet than from actually wasting away a la Gandhi?
Ezra also points out what the Media Party has consistently refused to investigate: The poor downtrodden reserve of Attawapiskat ain’t poor. Plenty of residents seem to have extremely well-paid government jobs (about 100 all-told) and they pay no income tax. Notwithstanding that government largesse, they’re also collecting a substantial amount of never-ending welfare. The band refuses to rebuild its school or maintain homes, but they’ve got millions socked away in Disney and Apple stock.
Spence wants to blast the heartless Conservative PM Stephen Harper for failing to hand over even more money to Native bands that seem to be hopelessly corrupt and unwilling to help their own people.
Her protest is a red herring that would make for a pretty hearty fish broth.
UPDATE 21/1/2013. Chief Theresa Spence has lost all of 30 lbs in more than 40 days and even friendly media have started putting quote marks around ‘hunger strike’. Yeah… Hmmm…