OTTAWA – Five years after the federal government’s official apology for residential schools, the Conservatives have chosen to make new budget cuts that will affect our Aboriginal peoples.
The Official Opposition Deputy Critic for Aboriginal Affairs, Jonathan Genest-Jourdain (Manicouagan), denounced these cuts in the House of Commons.
"This week marks the fifth anniversary of the federal government’s official apology for residential schools,” said Mr. Genest-Jourdain. “Five years to promote a reconciliation that has resulted in little more than budget cuts and legal battles against Aboriginal peoples.”
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt announced budget cuts this week to all “non-essential services.” “Which supposedly non-essential services does the department plan to eliminate?” asked Mr. Genest-Jourdain.