That’s right, it’s a long overdue account. Normally, politicians promise a chicken in every pot, but here’s one politician who took one. The story goes that in the early 1970s, when the governments were desperate to negotiate with the Crees, Jean Chretien was Ottawa’s man on the spot. He rushed down to Val d’Or to talk with the Crees. During the meeting, he and the Crees apparently went to eat and our Jean left without paying and ended up stiffing the Crees for a chicken dinner.

“Chretien owes us a chicken,” says Ted Moses, the Cree ambassador to the UN. The Nation wonders, has anyone thought to invoice the PM?