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Aboriginal Reform

Aboriginal Reform

“Some of the most interesting ideas on aboriginal reform are coming from … the Canadian Taxpayers Federation … [they are] innovative proposal[s] that focus … on shifting attention and resources to individual citizens, rather than relying on mediating elites.”

-- John Ibbitson,  Globe and Mail, September 2005


“The Lost Century … its scope is grand, its method is muscular, its first recommendations sweeping … a tough minded booklet which landed on Ottawa desks a few weeks ago.”

-- Douglas Fisher, Sun Media columnist, December 2002


“The CTF has dared to lay out a bold vision for the future. Let’s hope our elected leaders have the courage to at least use it as a starting point.”

-- Geoff Matthews, Ottawa Sun, September 2005


“The report’s conclusion — that the Indian Act itself should be abolished and reserves parceled out as private property to the people who live on them — is relatively radical stuff. But [the CTF] makes a compelling argument. ‘It is both patronizing and demeaning to Indians for the for the federal government to continue to hold title in it’s name to the Indian reserves in Canada.’”

-- Editorial, Globe and Mail, April 2004


“The ‘Indian industry’ ... will no doubt claim [the CTF] is trying to rob natives of their land. But it’s the present system of land ownership – in which on-reserve aboriginals are effectively denied the property rights white people take for granted – that holds natives back ... The CTF’s proposal to give deeded ownership to individual aboriginals makes good sense. So too, does the abolition of tax exemption[s] ...”

-- Editorial, National Post, April 2004

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