Premier Smith’s language is extreme, inflammatory and deliberate, and taken alongside her cabinet colleague’s tweeting racist citations from a book amount to proof that Alberta conservatives are sold on insurrectionist and rebellious tactics to get attention and perhaps votes. Premier Smith’s apology is like rubber that fears the road. Alberta is not a victim like the First Nations children who did not come home from school, or were murdered and buried without their parents’ knowledge, or like the murdered and missing Aboriginal women across Canada.
The national leader’s dalliance with protests like the freedom convoy’s blockade of Canada’s capital is chilling evidence of the politics of division. Much of the talk about sovereignty apart from a conscientious recognition of First Nations is polluting the political air and the recent Alberta legislation has criminal overtones.