ASHTON DEMANDS APOLOGY FOR INSULT TO INDIGENOUS LEADER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 28, 2014

OTTAWA  – Niki Ashton (MP-Churchill) and her colleagues stood up in the House of Commons today, demanding answers from Minister Aglukkaq about the failings of the Nutrition North Canada program and her dismissal of reports of people eating out of the landfill in Rankin Inlet: “Mr. Speaker, what is truly shameful is that people in my part of the country continue to go hungry because Nutrition North is not working for them, the way it is not working for northern people across our country. As for Rankin Inlet, they deserve more than intimidation and empty rhetoric from the current government. We should be doing everything we can to ensure that nobody in the North has to go to the dump to get food. We need to get to the bottom of the demand that the minister made to Rankin Inlet officials. When did she ask their office for an apology? Was this a directive from the PMO? Do they truly believe this is how northern people deserve to be treated?”

Six NDP MPs stood up to demand answers, but Minister Aglukkaq was not present in the House today. Conservatives, speaking on her behalf, answered with empty rhetoric and unfulfilled promises.

Here is the video clip of Ashton’s question in the House of Commons today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x4MXp8xEAw

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