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Queen Elizabeth II Defers to Canadian Feds on Chief Theresa Spence's Fast

ICTMN Staff
1/18/13

 

Queen Elizabeth’s office has written a letter to a supporter of Chief Theresa Spence deferring to the federal cabinet when it comes to intervening in the fish-broth fast that the Attawapiskat First Nation leader has been conducting since December 11, 2012.

“This is not a matter in which The Queen would intervene," said a letter from Buckingham Palace to a Spence supporter who wrote to Queen Elizabeth, which was obtained by the Canadian Press. "As a constitutional Sovereign, Her Majesty acts through her personal representative, the Governor General, on the advice of her Canadian Ministers and, therefore, it is to them that your appeal should be directed."

The palace was responding to a letter written on December 15, 2012, by small businessman Jonathan Francoeur, to the Queen asking her to intervene on Spence’s behalf. Spence has refused to end her liquids-only fast, which is on its 39th day as of January 18, until Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor General David Johnston and First Nations leaders all meet together. To date the government and Crown officials have met separately with chiefs. Spence and her supporters say they want all three parties to meet on an equal, nation-to-nation basis.

The reply, which crossed in the mail with a letter that Spence herself sent to the Queen on January 9, was dated January 7. Harper and Johnston met with First Nations leaders on Friday January 11 in separate gatherings, causing divisions on the aboriginal side as Spence and other chiefs boycotted the first meeting. Spence attended the one with Johnston, along with more than 100 other chiefs, but she left dissatisfied, and has continued fasting.

Letter from Buckingham Palace to Jonathan Francoeur about Chief Theresa Spence's fast. (Canadian Press)

 

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so the Queen will not tell her representatives to adhere to treaties the Crown is bound to?

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What Harper is doing is "dictorial" and the Queen should be stepping in and saying something. Where did the democratic process go? Of the roughly 32,000 lakes in Canada, only 97 lakes are now considered worthy of protection. The same can be said of only 62 rivers across our great nation. We are loosing 1 species a day ... when is it our turn to go?

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this is a cowardly cop out response...no opinion or thought and also redirecting is cowardess...and she is not on a politically motivated hunger strike, this is for the life of her people....it amazes me when people refuse to be a part of the dialogue for fear of negativity...whatever her thoughts the queen should have said Something....

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this is a cowardly cop out response...no opinion or thought and also redirecting is cowardess...and she is not on a politically motivated hunger strike, this is for the life of her people....it amazes me when people refuse to be a part of the dialogue for fear of negativity...whatever her thoughts the queen should have said Something....

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The Queen is a worthless figure head even in her own United Kingdom. She has no power over Stephen Harper and because he installed the Governor General he has complete control over them.

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This is a blanket letter they use, they just fiddle with it a bit. "The Queen has asked me to ". Really how slack is that. I actually wrote to them about a situation in England and got a letter back stating that I should see my local MP......I live in Australia.... Simply shows how out of touch Lizzie and Buckingham Palace are and there's really no feeling or compassion for her "subjects" at all.

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I wouldn't be to concerned about the reluctance of A Queen who Who divided her own Kingdom and dishonored her oath to uphold the laws of God ; One who was crowned Queen on a coronation stone that had been removed by the hand of God prier to 1953 ; The Queen is a fraud who sold her own people to debt slavery ; Do not think she cares about treaties or poverty she broke every oath of office there is for illegal gain and the pursuit of all the things that God almighty holds as a abomination ; This is the end time and if you want this Country to prosper than Take it now or forget it because you will not ever get another chance ; when your peaceful demonstrations all fail and the fraudulent corporate crown decides to bring in Homeland securities to put you in line then what ; will you fold and crawl under a rock ? Will you hold up to those that would humiliate you ? Or will you use your last chance to boldly expose the Thing that our Government has become ; You can remain a debt slave or you can simply say no and actually defiantly remove our oppressors from office but if you do be sure and replace them with something more honourable Lol

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When asked about the church of England's involvement in the residential school abuse no liability but on gay clergy she harps right up? Now nothing! what about prorouging?Keep the church and the royals away from our originals.

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When asked about the church of England's involvement in the residential school abuse no liability but on gay clergy she harps right up? Now nothing! what about prorouging?Keep the church and the royals away from our originals.

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Understand that the British government does not necessarily have a democratic process. The Queen is a figure head of the British empire and is not "in control" of the government.
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