Ontario Regional Chief Toulouse responds to Liberal victory in provincial election

    TORONTO, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - "I want to congratulate Premier McGuinty on his
re-election and I look forward to continuing the important work and
discussions that we have been engaged in" said Regional Chief Angus Toulouse,
in response to the Liberal Party election victory in the October 10 provincial
    The Liberal Party of Ontario, led by Premier Dalton McGuinty, retained
power with a decisive election victory winning 71 seats with 42% of the vote.
The Progressive Conservative Party secured 26 seats, and the New Democratic
Party won 10 seats.
    "I also want to recognize and congratulate all party leaders for their
hard work during the campaign process and for providing voters in Ontario with
the opportunity to make a choice in leadership" stated Chief Toulouse.
    Regional Chief Toulouse pointed out that the re-election of the McGuinty
government provides an opportunity for First Nations and Ontario to continue
building upon the working relationship that has been developed over the
previous four years. "There is a lot of work to do in follow up to the
important recommendations outlined in the Final Report of the Ipperwash
Inquiry. This work must be done jointly and in a collaborative manner and I am
encouraged by the fact that the Premier, and the Government, have committed to
address this in partnership with First Nations" said the Regional Chief.
    Regional Chief Toulouse indicated that the Premier has conveyed his
commitment to improving and strengthening Ontario's relationship with the
First Nations that reside within the province. "A fundamental aspect of
improving this relationship includes the full recognition and implementation
of our Treaties. It also means ensuring that First Nations have the
opportunity to fairly share in the wealth created from the development of
resources within First Nations traditional territories" said Chief Toulouse.
The McGuinty government announced in the October 2005 Speech from the Throne
that they would embark on "a new approach to Aboriginal peoples to share
fairly in the benefits of natural resource development".
    Additionally, First Nations are optimistic that a deal can be reached on
a gaming revenue sharing agreement, which will enable First Nations to build
capacity, and address infrastructure and economic needs within their
communities in a more comprehensive manner.
    "Premier McGuinty has won the right and privilege to govern Ontario for
an additional four years and First Nations are confident that together we can
achieve progress on the priorities we have identified as well as addressing
the many challenges that we face" stated the Regional Chief. The Regional
Chief expressed his belief that improving the educational, social and economic
outcomes for First Nations will also benefit Ontario, and all Ontarians. As
Premier McGuinty said in his acceptance speech last night "when one of us
moves forward, we all succeed."

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