Canada’ s “Truth and Reconciliation” Charade

Kevin Annett – Dec 10, 2012

Canada’s version of the Punch and Judy Show granted us more comic relief this past week.
On December 4, the self-appointed “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” (TRC, or Travelling Road Charade)  announced that it planned to sue the federal government to get them to release Indian residential school documents.
That’s a neat trick, you know: one branch of the government suing another. It’s like when the puppet Punch argues and fights with the other puppet Judy up on stage, beguiling the audience to think that there are two separate personalities in conflict.
So let’s pull back the stage and props, and look at what’s actually happening.
Two points, first of all:
1. The TRC was established by the Prime Minister’s Office and is funded and directed by Ottawa and the very churches that are being “investigated” by the TRC – like when a serial killer appoints his own judge and jury.
2. TRC officers have no power or authority to subpoena or demand any document or evidence, from anybody, including their government paymasters. That’s right in their mandate, section two.
Such a gross example of criminals investigating themselves would never have been allowed under any legitimate and fair system of law and government. But hey, this is Canada. The foxes not only guard the chicken house, but they also convince themselves that they`re just trying to help all those poor unfortunate birds.
Even with years of earnest showmanship and millions of dollars worth of the cheap duplicity that Canada is so renowned for, the TRC has been digging itself into a quagmire that is inevitable when a lie as big as theirs needs to be maintained.
For one thing, a lot of aboriginal survivors of Canada`s Christian death camps genuinely expect the TRC to do what it claims to be doing, and that is conduct a genuine inquiry into the more than 50,000 children who died in them.
Of course, the opposite is happening, as countless TRC participants have described: the TRC is systematically ignoring evidence of mass graves of these kids, suppressing evidence, and silencing any survivor who accuses the churches of genocide.
That’s the Commission’s purpose after all: to exonerate the guilty and keep the witnesses censored, controlled and cowed. It’s what the guilty do.
Nevertheless, one day there will have to be a public accounting of what exactly the rotund TRC Commissioners did for five years and what they spent $68 million on, besides sumptuous smorgasbords and ritzy conferences where few survivors actually spoke. And that day is fast approaching: by May 2013, the final report of the TRC’s years of verbiage and posturing is expected to be issued.
So what would you do if you were Murray (“Eats Many Muffins”) Sinclair, the chair of the TRC, when he’s asked to explain what exactly they’ve unearthed after five years?
Simple: you create a big, distracting smokescreen by shifting the blame onto someone else.
Murray may be in a panic, or have shitty advisers, since who he’s blaming for the TRC’s failure happens to also be the very people who pay him: the government of Canada, who he claims has “concealed” crucial evidence from him!
Well, no shit, Sherlock. That’s what you agreed to, remember?
Now at first blush, that whole scenario looks pretty stupid. But don’t forget, it’s all part of the Punch and Judy Show. Murray isn’t really taking a whack at the other puppet on stage. That’s all just for our entertainment and befuddlement. 



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