OTTAWA — NDP leadership candidate Charlie Angus is promising to find better ways to protect the interests of First Nations, Metis and Inuit children — including by dismantling the Indigenous Affairs Department.
Charlie Angus takes part in the federal NDP leadership race in Ottawa on March 12, 2017. (Photo: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)Last month, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal found the federal government's failure to fully implement Jordan's Principle may have played a role in the suicide deaths of two 12-year-old girls from remote Wapekeka First Nation in northwestern Ontario.
"It's time for action that returns accountability to where it belongs, with parents and these communities," Angus said in a news release Sunday. Angus also said he would work with the parliamentary budget office to determine the true cost of delivering service to indigenous peoples, ensure the Department of Justice stops fighting aboriginal rights in court and end the "culture of secrecy" when it comes to government plans and funding for indigenous communities. Angus is one of five candidates to replace NDP Leader Tom Mulcair in October. The others are Ontario MPP Jagmeet Singh, B.C. MP Peter Julian, Manitoba MP Niki Ashton and Quebec MP Guy Caron.
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