NDP MP NIKI ASHTON DEMANDS ACCOUNTABILITY ON GRASSY NARROWS

NDP MP NIKI ASHTON DEMANDS ACCOUNTABILITY ON GRASSY NARROWS

OTTAWA – Today, NDP MP Niki Ashton called out the Minister of Indigenous Services for blaming Grassy Narrows’ Chief Turtle instead of taking responsibility for his failure to reach an agreement for a community suffering from mercury poisoning. Trudeau’s Liberal government failed to deliver on their promise to provide the help and services that the people in Grassy Narrows desperately need. Ashton demanded accountability from the Minister in Question Period.

“Today in committee, adding insult to injury, the Minister blamed the Chief, saying that the Chief just “changed his mind.” Let’s be clear, Grassy Narrows is calling for what they were promised, including a Mercury Care Home and Treatment centre,” said MP Ashton.

At the House of Commons Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Minister put the burden on Chief Turtle, instead of taking any responsibility for the outcome of his trip to the community last week.

“Grassy Narrows deserves justice, not gaslighting. When will this Liberal government quit the blame game and keep their promise to the people of Grassy Narrows?” added MP Ashton.

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Video of the exchange can be found here.