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Letter to the Editor by Noel Bernier

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2019

Meaningful Reconciliation between Canada and its Indigenous communities will take tremendous financial resources.

We should not assume that the political will to follow through on these efforts and resources belongs to all political parties.

The current Liberal government is the only political entity that can make this happen, in a tight race, a loss to Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives, would be a major threat to the continuation of these efforts and the financial resources being invested in the North.

In order to achieve this new relationship with Indigenous communities, Canadian governments will have to be dedicated and steadfast in their efforts.

While Justin Trudeau has had some stumbles and disappointments in these efforts, he continues to recognize the shortfalls and is the only leader willing and capable to continue the hard work.

While the Green Party and NDP have aggressive platforms, the reality is they will not be in a position to govern after this election.

In addition to this, Northern Manitoba is also dealing with challenges of a weakened mining Industry, provincial government austerity and little good news on the horizon. Investments from my knowledge in Northern Manitoba by the Trudeau government exceeded $1 billion in its first term.

The future planned investments by Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government in the North are desperately needed for the North to create economic activity and opportunity for Northerners.

The stakes have never been higher for Indigenous communities and the citizens of Northern Manitoba.

The bottom line is a Conservative win would be devastating while Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals have invested and are willing to invest more in the North.

Judy Klassen has a track record of getting results, and the constituents of Churchill Keewatinook-Aski have an opportunity to vote for that continued investment and a Liberal government that cares deeply in improving the lives of Northerners.

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