Canada is a superb creation and initial credit for that must, obviously, go to Canada's fathers of Confederation. How we came about is a fascinating tale of seemingly intractable regional disputes resolved, at least for a time, by new institutions and a new country.
In this light, the response of Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come of the Assembly of First Nations to the proposed changes to the Indian Act is immensely disappointing. He calls the bill a racist document and an attempt to entrench Euro-Canadian models, principles and standards on our people.
Next week the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, C.H. Tung, will appoint a new Chief Secretary for Administration following the recent resignation of Mrs. Anson Chan Fang on-sang. The perception that disgruntled Marxist meddlers in Beijing may be behind the unexpected exit of the conscience of Hong Kong, as she has been called, is raising anew the specter of the direct control of the former colony by the PRCs politburo. I met with Anson Chan the day before she resigned and the tone of that meeting may be a gauge of what her resignation might mean.