Statement made on 24 October 2007 by Senator Elizabeth Hubley
Hon. Elizabeth Hubley:
Honourable senators, I can applaud any government's actions to promote and address the needs of our Aboriginal people, but the Kelowna accord was a rare occasion in the history of this country that gave Canadians, parliamentarians, an opportunity to move forward on issues that affected our Aboriginal people. It was an agreement endorsed by so many of those people that I feel it was a lost opportunity.
Do you plan to revive the Kelowna accord in any form? This historical and landmark agreement with the Aboriginal people of this country can help them achieve real development. Will this government continue its cavalier approach to First Nations leaders by forcing made-in-Ottawa solutions on them?
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