Colin Alexander


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Colin Alexander was publisher of the Yellowknife News of the North and the advisor on education for the Ontario Royal Commission on the Northern Environment. He lives in Ottawa and has family living in Nunavut.

Most Recent Articles by Colin Alexander:

Open Letter to Julie Payette

Sep 26, 2017 — Colin Alexander

Dear Governor General:

Welcome to the highest position in our great country as our viceregal representative!

For all Canada’s greatness, however, I implore you to bring leadership and moral suasion to the needs and aspirations of our desperately marginalized and burgeoning underclass, doubling every twenty years. They’re largely but by no means exclusively Indians and Inuit, and not only in remote settlements. Life lacks hope or purpose for children and youth seeing from television the gap widening exponentially between what they have and how our much-vaunted middle class lives.


Never mind name-changing: For Indians and Inuit the reality is now

Aug 27, 2017 — Colin Alexander

As the Roman historian Polybius wrote, learning from history can avert repetition of past mistakes. Most name-changing unnecessarily corrupts history.

One lesson from history, and geography, is that Aboriginal leaders—and grandstanding busybodies—don’t speak for the burgeoning cohort of followers doubling every twenty years. Multigenerational welfare recipients need help that works. Why don’t ostensible leaders demand the opportunities for education, sports and skills training that Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation commissioner, now a Senator, Murray Sinclair had, for example, when growing up in Selkirk, Manitoba?


You don’t have to be fascist to oppose immigration

Aug 22, 2017 — Colin Alexander

There are plenty of good reasons to oppose immigration into Canada. Presumably a man of the Left, Environmentalist David Suzuki opposes immigration: “Canada is full! Although it’s the second largest country in the world,” he says, “our useful area has been reduced. Our immigration policy is disgusting: We plunder southern countries by depriving them of future leaders, and we want to increase our population to support economic growth. It’s crazy!”

Canada has a burgeoning underclass of multigenerational welfare recipients, many but by no means all of them Indians and Inuit. The Fraser Institute says there’s an intensifying jobs shortage, and that recent immigrants receive tens of billions of dollars more in benefits than they pay in taxes.  The root of this challenge, then, is not just that so many of the marginalized seem to be unemployed and unemployable. It’s that they’re unequipped for participation in the modern economy.


What’s a Canadian soldier’s life worth?

Jul 10, 2017 — Colin Alexander

It should not be the end of the matter that Canada’s juvenile terrorist Omar Khadr got a C$10.5 million payout for temporary sleep deprivation at Guantanamo, and no lasting disability.

For background, Khadr was born in Toronto and therefore his Canadian citizenship is not in question. His father and mother were immigrants from Egypt and Palestine respectively. During Khadr’s formative years, the family shuttled between Canada and Pakistan. His father became a close associate of Osama bin Laden and he was killed in a raid by a Pakistani helicopter team in 2003.

Under the influence of his parents, and perhaps implied compulsion, Khadr joined the anti-government guerrillas in Afghanistan. He became involved in an engagement with American forces during which he is said to have thrown a grenade that killed combat medic Christopher Speer, and blinded another soldier, Layne Morris, in one eye.


Canada’s dumbed-down education system—A social and economic disaster

Jan 13, 2017 — Colin Alexander

Canada’s dumbing down of education never rests. In Ottawa, there’s a debate over whether gifted students should all be educated together, or instead stuck with ones whose interests and aptitude lie elsewhere.

Why’s it necessary to consider whether students learning calculus should be schooled with ones who can’t tell the product of 11 x 12?


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as accessory to Aboriginal suicides

Oct 16, 2016 — Colin Alexander

It may seem over the top to denounce Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett as accessories to death. But let’s wake them up! The PM lives by the $500 gourmet dinner on the prime-ministerial airplane, daily photo-ops and acceptance of the ritual headdress from the Tsuut’ina First Nation near Calgary. But like President Obama’s acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize, what’s Trudeau been doing for Aboriginals to justify the honour?

Young people are dying while Trudeau and Bennett shilly-shally. I name them, therefore, as accessories responsible, by implication even criminally, for the recent death by suicide of three girls, aged between 12 and 14, of the Lac La Ronge First Nation in northeast Saskatchewan.

First off, there’s the principle of command responsibility, normally applicable for war crimes but also for anyone holding a senior position of personal or corporate trust. Inherent in the Canadian government’s relationship with Aboriginal peoples there’s still a paternal responsibility. Trudeau more than any previous Prime Minister has gone out of his way to affirm the government’s duty of care, and he’s in command.


Canada’s Apartheid Budget for Aboriginals

Mar 22, 2016 — Colin Alexander

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first budget departs obscenely from his Mandate letter to Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett: “We committed to provide more direct help to those who need it… No relationship is more important to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples.”

It’s equally impossible to relate it to what he said to world leaders when grandstanding in Davos:


What refugees cost for a family of five: But what about our own people?

Dec 28, 2015 — Colin Alexander

Do refuges get more than our own people in need? Yes! Some are in hotels and getting $61 per day for food. But someone on welfare in Ontario gets just $10 per day to cover food, clothing and everything except accommodation. And tens of thousands of Aboriginal children live in conditions like what refugees are leaving, in remote settlements under boil-water advisory.

Without even considering the immense relocation costs, for 25,000 refugees here’s a pro forma for the annual ongoing costs for a family with three children of school age moving to Ontario:

  • Accommodation—$16,000
  • Cash spending allowance—18,000 (90% more than Ontario welfare recipients get)
  • Schooling for children—36,000 (provincial average per student x 3)

  • Health care—30,000 (provincial average per person x 5)
  • Total annual cost per family $100,000