The moment of truth has arrived. The recent decision to grant status to non status Indians and Metis is just the tip of a very big iceberg. Bigger battles lie ahead. Given current trends the judiciary looks like it will not only grant Native peoples a veto over virtually every resource project in the country, but also ensure billions of royalties that now flow to the provinces will go to the bands instead. Furthermore, should the Supreme Court's pattern of treasonous behavior continue -- we are talking nation to nations after all -- and they cement Phelan's idiocy into law, race relations would be set back several generations and the feds and provinces will be out billions. For once the distinction between non-status and status Indian goes away so too does the ability of the crown to impose any income or excise taxes on native Canadians and Metis. On the one side will be 1.3 million native Canadians and a yet to be determined number Metis. On the other side, a shrinking number of work age Canadians will face a double whammy. Not only will they bare the financial burnt of all those baby boomers retiring, but they will also be picking up the tab for the only demographic group in the country with a fertility rate way above replacement levels. Invariably tax evasion amongst this later group will become endemic as chances for tax evasion increase exponentially and as they inevitably loose all faith in the system.
Extreme measures need to be taken. The government must remake the judiciary. Above all else, the government must remake the Supreme Court to insure that decisions like Phelan's do not become the law of the land. If that means politicizing the courts the way they are down south, so be it. Decades of judicial idiocy must come to an end.