May 15/98: BC NDP planning to exploit land claim fears

BC'S NDP PLANNING TO EXPLOIT LAND-CLAIM FEARS


WILSON CLAIMS NDP WILL USE NATIVES TO TRASH FOES

The Province
May 15, 1998, p. A23
Canadian Press

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Port Alberni - The NDP is preparing to use fears surrounding land claims to whip up the electorate against opposition politicians during the next provincial election, claims PDA leader Gordon Wilson. "If that happens it will irrevocably divide our communities," said the head of the Progressive Democratic Alliance. Wilson said the NDP will hold up the Nisga'a land-claim settlement, which he said Premier Glen Clark has told him will be introduced in the legislature by the end of this month, to show itself as the party able to work with natives.

The NDP will try to position the opposition parties as being against treaties and economic progress, said Wilson. "The moderate voices will be set aside and the angry voices will prevail," he said.


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