Thursday, July 14, 2011
The Progressive Conservatives are targeting First Nations and our natural resources in their northern election platform. Leader Tim Hudak unveiled the platform in Thunder Bay today. The platform includes a promise for the premier to meet with First Nations leaders two times a year and to hold cabinet meetings in the north. There's also a promise to make better use of natural resources and to create jobs.
More area First Nations are holding their ground when it comes to development on their traditional territory. This time the Matawa First Nations have signed a declaration to stand together to protect their natural resources. The declaration states that they are asserting their treaty right to require that all nine communities give written permission before any development activity take place.
A local transportation company is pleading with the provincial government to consider local companies. Caribou Coach President Sandy Smith says the province is sponsoring Pacific Western to provide services to patients in the Northern Health Transportation Grant program, which could cut out a third of his ridership.