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What’s Sauce for the Goose is Sauce for the Gander

February 22nd, 2010

This old English idiom stands for the principle that in a similar situation one should not have one set of rules for one party (usually yourself) and another set of rules for another party (usually someone else).

Amid all the excitement and distraction of the Vancouver Olympics, many Canadians are still finding time to express outrage at what is happening in Kahnawake, a Native American (Mohawk) reserve, situated just south of Montreal. The local band council has sent eviction notices to the 26 non-Mohawks living on the reserve, giving them 10 days to pack up and move off of the Indian Territory. Some Canadian commentators are referring to the manoeuvre as a form of ethnic cleansing and racism and we hear indignant declarations that there should be no place for this type of behaviour in Canada.

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