September 29th, 2015

NDP REALITY CHECK: Trudeau slashes First Nations education funding

Justin Trudeau may have just set a new record for Fastest Broken Liberal Promise by slashing $1.7 billion from promised new funding for First Nations education just weeks after pledging it.

On August 13th 2015, Justin Trudeau announced 2.6 billion dollars in funding for First Nation’s education:

  • $2.6 billion over four years in new core funding for First Nations K-12 education
  • $500 million over four years for First Nations education infrastructure
  • $50 million per year for First Nations post-secondary student support

But just six weeks later, upon release of their fiscal plan, the Liberals broke that promise.

On page 15 you can see they actually only plan to spend $900 million over four years on First Nations education. That means they’ve already cut $1.7 billion from their $2.6 billion pledge for First Nations education.

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When forced to scale back his promises, Justin Trudeau chose to cut First Nations education first. Justin Trudeau’s spending priorities have clearly changed, sadly he hasn’t explained why.