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Paul Martin to Harper: Stop studying age-old native problems, go to a reserve – Globe and Mail
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Paul Martin to Harper: Stop studying age-old native problems, go to a reserve
Ottawa— The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012
Paul Martin does nothing to mask his frustration on the other end of a telephone line.
The former prime minister and architect of the scuttled Kelowna Accord tried to find something to salvage in the historic talks between First Nations chiefs and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Instead, what he saw was the federal government wasting more time and sending the chiefs home empty handed.
“The government has nothing concrete to say,” Mr. Martin told The Canadian Press. “They wasted six years.”
The joint statement between Mr. Harper and the chiefs released Tuesday committed to a task force on economic development and a working group on the structure of government financing of First Nations.