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The Hon. Dennis  Dawson, B.A., M.B.A. Senator Dennis Dawson was elected as one of the youngest members of Parliament in Canadian history where he served his constituents of Louis-Hébert for three consecutive terms. He was appointed to the Senate on August 2, 2005, and represents the province of Quebec and the Senatorial Division of Lauzon.

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Statement made on 07 June 2012 by Senator Claudette Tardif

Hon. Claudette Tardif (Deputy Leader of the Opposition):

Honourable senators, I was saddened and concerned to learn this week that First Nations schools in my province of Alberta are being shortchanged $15 million a year in funding compared to their provincial school counterparts. The numbers come from a new joint study by provincial, federal and First Nations staff that also found that an average of 39 per cent of children and young adults on reserves across the province are taking a pass on school altogether.

Honourable senators, there are huge gaps in funding between First Nations schools and provincially run schools. What is the government prepared to do in light of these alarming figures?

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