Canada's NDP


September 18th, 2019


THOMPSON – NDP candidates Leah Gazan (Winnipeg Centre) and Niki Ashton (Churchill—Keewatinook Aski) condemned Trudeau's Liberals for failing First Nations in Manitoba. A recent report has found that the life expectancy gap between First Nations people and other Manitobans has widened to 11 years.

"These findings show that things are getting worse for many First Nations people. From pervasive poverty to inadequate healthcare to third world housing - First Nations people are struggling," said Ashton. "This didn't just happen. It is the result of policies put forward by successive Liberal and Conservative governments. When we called on the Liberals to address the housing crisis facing First Nations, they refused, preferring to give billions of dollars to their rich friends."

In the last election, Justin Trudeau promised to Indigenous people that he'd be different. Instead, what they got was a Prime Minister that says the right thing in public, and does another behind closed doors. First Nations still face a lack of primary healthcare, inadequate housing, poverty, racism, lack of clean water and lack of healthy and affordable food.

"The widening gap in life expectancy between First Nations people and other Manitobans is an indication that governments in Ottawa have been neglecting people's fundamental human rights," said Gazan. "This is about choices. Trudeau's Liberals chose not to invest in First Nations communities to ensure they have the essential services they need. Increasing the quality of life and dignity of people should always be the priority."

A New Democrat government will fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action.

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