Monday, October 20th, 2008
While the story below paints the chair of the commission as being somewhat petulant, it doesn’t even get into the issues surrounding his rejection of Bob Watts as executive director or the appointment of Owen Young – two decisions which seem to have been quite contentious among the people which the commission was created toÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â serve.
October 20, 2008
Accuses two fellow commissioners of not heeding his authority
The leader of a commission charged with chronicling the dark history of Canada’s residential schools resigned on Monday, citing major differences between himself and his two commissioners.
Harry LaForme, an Ontario Court of Appeal judge who has chaired the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission since April, said in his resignation letter that the panel is “on the verge of paralysis” because his commissioners do not share his vision or accept his authority.
He said the commissioners – native health expert Claudette Dumont-Smith and lawyer Jane Brewin Morley – want to focus primarily on uncovering and documenting truth while he also wants to have an emphasis on reconciliation between aboriginal and non-aboriginal Canadians. [Ed. Note - Meaning what, exactly?]