Scheer’s 'check their privilege' comment on protesters disturbing: FSIN
Krista Forsberg protests at the intersection of Idylwyld Drive and 22nd Street West on Feb. 13, 2020. (Laura Woodward/CTV Saskatoon)
SASKATOON -- Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s comment that anti-pipeline protesters must “check their privilege” is disturbing and offensive, Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron says.
“Scheer talks about privilege as if he does not live a luxurious lifestyle funded by the Conservative Party of Canada,” Cameron said in a news release.
Speaking to reporters in Ottawa on Friday, Scheer expressed frustration with the ongoing demonstrations against construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, which have caused blockades across the country at government legislatures and major rail crossings.
"These protesters, these activists, may have the luxury of spending days at a time at a blockade, but they need to check their privilege, they need to check their privilege and let people whose job depends on the railway system – small business, farmers – do their job," Scheer said.
Cameron says the FSIN would welcome Scheer and his colleagues to come into its communities to put their own privilege into perspective.
“If First Nations people are so privileged, we wouldn’t have a massive housing crisis, boil water advisories and a lack of infrastructure. We welcome them to come into our communities and check out firsthand what our ‘privilege’ truly looks like.”