Hargrove: Budget Made No Real Effort to Address the Needs of First Nations



    TORONTO, March 21 /CNW/ - CAW president Buzz Hargrove has expressed his
disappointment that the Harper budget makes no real effort to address the
needs of First Nations peoples.
    In a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Hargrove calls on Harper to
make a real difference for First Nations peoples by implementing the Kelowna
Accord.
    Hargrove's letter to Harper follows:

    "I was very disappointed to learn that the budget presented to Parliament
on March 19th, made no real effort to address the needs of First Nations
peoples in Canada. It is extremely frustrating that First Nations have been
left out of the "stronger, safer, better Canada" envisioned by Minister
Flaherty.
    While the Minister of Finance recognized the fiscal imbalance with the
provinces, the federal government has once again failed to make a commitment
to correct the gross under funding of First Nations communities. It's shameful
to see anyone in this country living in such third world conditions today.
    There should have been financial commitments in the budget that would
have effectively addressed fundamental needs like access to housing, health
care, education and settlement to land claims.
    On behalf of CAW members from coast to coast to coast, I urge your
government to fully implement the Kelowna Accord, and ensure that there is a
sustained investment for the revival of the economic, social, cultural and
health status of First Nations communities."





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For further information: Elaine White, CAW Communications, (416)
456-7764

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