IQALUIT, NU, May 4, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development and Minister for the Arctic Council today met with members of the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The discussion followed a major announcement made earlier in the day concerning a renewed partnership between the Government of Canada, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated and the Government of Nunavut for the long term prosperity of Nunavut.
Before the Chamber of Commerce, the Ministers highlighted a balanced budget, family tax cuts and benefits as well as many more new measures to help build a stronger Canada.
They also spoke of the Government of Canada's new measures through Economic Action Plan 2015 for Aboriginal peoples and for Northerners:
- Investing to secure new market access for Canadian seal products.
- Investing in Aboriginal skills and training which will create even more opportunities for Aboriginal youth
- Contributing to measures enhancing the safety of marine transportation in the Arctic.
- Continuing to support meteorological and navigational warning services in the Arctic.
- Renewing support for the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan starting in 2016-2017.
"I was pleased to discuss our Government's achievements and continued commitment to Canada's economic priorities with members of the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, our Government has put in place measures that support the prosperity and well-being of Northerners and all Canadians, and that promote business investments, economic growth and job creation across the country."
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"I am proud to be part of a government that has taken decisive action to support Nunavummiut. We have increased transfers to the territory, supported the fisheries and tourism sectors, and made record investments in critical Northern infrastructure and housing for Nunavummiut families. We have done all this while lowering taxes and introducing new benefits for families such as the Universal Child Care Benefit. We will continue to stand up for the hardworking families of Nunavut."
Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development and Minister for the Arctic Council
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SOURCE Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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