More Denial from Indian Affairs: Angus Calls on Conservatives to Do the Right Thing
26 February, 2009
Charlie Angus went after the Federal Government again today in Question Period over documents showing the school in Attawapiskat poses health and safety concerns. Yesterday, Angus was told he was grandstanding for trying to get a safe school for the children.“If this government is selecting school projects based on partisan politics, then they have breached the public trust over the health and safety of children.”
Angus says the government’s own documents contradict everything the Minister and his staff are saying publicly. “The allegations against INAC are very serious. The children of the community should not be punished for the political gain of the Conservative Party.”
Documents discovered through access to information revealed the Ontario region had identified three key priorities, Wabaseemoong, North Spirit Lake and Attawapiskat, all because of serious health and safety concerns. And in the case of Attawapiskat, overcrowding and badly deteriorated portables.
“This is not about me. It is about a project for students that was in advanced stages before this Minister killed it.”
Angus is calling on the Conservatives to do the right thing and recognize the report’s findings. “INAC officials clearly stated there was no real reason this school was not being except for the fact it is in an opposition riding. These children in sub-standard conditions, should not be held hostage for how their parents voted.”
Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl was not in the House today instead leaving his Parliamentary Secretary to handle questions about the document.
>> Question to Parliamentary Secretary: Attawapsikat School Document.