B.C. municipalities are raising concerns over a proposed federal policy change that would allow First Nations bands to buy land and create satellite reserves anywhere in B.C. - even if they're not next to their traditional territory.This idea is beyond nuts. With few exceptions Indian reserves are among the most dysfunctional jurisdictions on the planet. And the feds propose to multiply the problem? Insane! The object should be to get rid of reserves, not multiply them.
... the changes to the so-called "additions-to-reserve policy" would allow residential, commercial and industrial development in cities across B.C., resulting in the loss of land, taxes and costs associated with servicing agreements.
It could also create a "proverbial patchwork quilt" of jurisdictions, with municipalities wrangling with First Nations over bylaws and regulations on everything from fire services to house inspections.
... the policy, which would allow satellite reserves in cities like Burnaby, which has no reserves, and "turn community planning on its ear,"
... "If they bought a large block in middle of Surrey and it's a tax-free zone, imagine the impact on the surrounding businesses," ...
And whose money would be used to make the property acquisitions? Taxpayers of course. The Minister of Indian Affairs needs a good smack upside his head.