Canada's Metis Partner Given Cold Shoulder in Federal Budget of Inaction

March 21, 2013

WINNIPEG - Today's budget tabled in the House of Commons by the Honourable James Flaherty, Canada's Minister of Finance, is a plan of inaction that does not recognize the unique Metis community and individual needs and very little to nothing to promote Metis job growth and long-term prosperity.

The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) leadership is very disappointed the Metis were not part of this budget. "The Metis are not mentioned and there appears to be an exclusive focus on others," explained MMF President David Chartrand. "We are frustrated by the budget's lack of action with respect to building partnerships with our Metis Government."

The Metis Nation is one of Canada's constitutionally recognized Aboriginal Peoples. The Metis are hardworking taxpayers who generate billions of dollars in GDP and make payments of hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes. On the other hand, quite inconsistent with our contributions, the Metis receive much less than one percent of the federal government's aboriginal-specific spending. In this budget the Metis are again ignored.

"We entrust this government to manage our tax dollars not only for a select few but to ensure we all have the opportunities to continue to grow our economies, find jobs and pay taxes," said President Chartrand. "Unfortunately, this budget is another lost opportunity to enhance our partnership and provide the necessary tools for Canada and the Manitoba Metis Community to work together to address economic development for the benefit of the Metis and indeed all Canadians."

Believe in Yourself; Believe in Metis.

The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Metis Nation's Manitoba Metis Community.

For more information, please contact:
John Vandale, Acting Director of Communications
Phone: (204) 586-8474
Cell: (204) 782-7004

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