September 29th, 2015

Trudeau’s $1.7 billion broken promise to First Nations children

Six weeks after promising specific new money for First Nations' education, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has abandoned his commitment to First Nations children – before the election is even over.

“That Justin Trudeau thinks he can walk away from his promise to First Nations children mid-campaign, is disgraceful,” said NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic and Churchill--Keewatinook Aski candidate Niki Ashton. “Worse yet, he thinks he can get away with it.”

On August 13, Justin Trudeau promised a_“total new investment of $2.6 billion for core First Nation’s education”_ over the next four years. Shockingly, when revealing their fiscal framework on September 26th, Liberals slashed that commitment to just $900 million – a cut of $1.7 billion dollars or 65% less than he had first promised.

“An NDP government will honour all our commitments to First Nations, full stop," said Winnipeg Centre NDP candidate Pat Martin. “Justin Trudeau must explain this $1.7 billion dollar broken promise to First Nations children and their communities.”