MNC Unveils Métis Nation Economic Stimulus Proposal



    OTTAWA, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Métis National Council (MNC) President
Clément Chartier is calling for immediate action from the Federal and
Provincial governments to ensure the current global economic downturn does not
cause further harm to Métis people in Canada.
    "Métis are among the last to share in economic booms and are among the
first to suffer the consequences when the economy goes bust," says President
Chartier. "To break this cycle the Métis Nation must have a full and
meaningful role in addressing the current financial crisis being faced by all
Canadians."
    To mitigate the economic damage being caused to Métis communities,
President Chartier will urge Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premiers from
Ontario-westward to support the Métis Nation Economic Stimulus Proposal when
he and the other leaders from the National Aboriginal Organizations meet with
the First Ministers tonight in Ottawa.
    The comprehensive plan calls for $400-million over 2 years for Métis
Nation-specific economic stimulus. It offers several projects and investment
opportunities that will help save Métis jobs and businesses, spur
infrastructure improvements in Métis communities, and provide education and
skills training assistance for Métis displaced from, or just entering, the job
market.
    "Citizens of the Métis Nation are a vital part of Canada's economy; as
workers, consumers, investors, business owners, entrepreneurs and tax-payers,"
says Chartier. "The Métis Nation Economic Stimulus Proposal won't just help
Métis, it will benefit all Canadians."
    If included in the upcoming Federal budget and with the cooperation of
the Provincial governments from Ontario-westward many of the initiatives
highlighted in the Métis Nation's proposal can begin within 120 days, meaning
immediate and significant economic benefits for the Métis and all Canadians.
    "From initial discussions with federal and provincial officials, I
believe there is a common desire to address the concerns of the Métis Nation,"
says Chartier. "What we need now are firm commitments from all involved to
take real and immediate action to protect our people from economic
devastation."

    Métis Nation President Clément Chartier will be available for media
interviews before and after meeting with the First Ministers tonight at 111
Sussex Drive in Ottawa, ON.




For further information:

For further information: To arrange an interview: Greg Taylor, MNC
Communications, (613) 296-9263, gregt@metisnation.ca


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