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Special Seats for Native MPs? – Winnipeg Free Press

by NationTalk on January 24, 2012723 Views

Special seats for native MPs?

Proposal to be raised during summit with PM in Ottawa

By: Mia Rabson
Posted: 01/24/2012

OTTAWA — Canada’s chiefs want in.

One of the many issues that will be raised for discussion today at the Crown-First Nations gathering in Ottawa will be a Manitoba-born proposal to set aside 10 seats in the House of Commons for aboriginal-elected MPs.

“We need our own voice in the House of Commons,” said Ron Evans, the Norway House chief and former grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.

Evans raised the idea Monday as about 400 chiefs from across Canada met in Ottawa ahead of today’s summit with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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