Ex-PM pledges to push aboriginal plight

Posted: June 18, 2007 in Appeasement & Cowardice, Home Grown Terrorism in Canada, June 29th 2007, Land claims, Liberals, Natives

Aboriginal land claims should be resolved as quickly as possible, but not in isolation from the big-picture issues that plague Canada’s First Nations, says former prime minister Paul Martin. (Edit: The same Paul Martin who failed miserably as PM and was thrown out on his keester by Canada)

The Conservatives have tried to ease growing aboriginal frustration by promising a new effort to clear a backlog of more than 800 claims that includes an independent tribunal and $250 million over 10 years, compared to the $1.9 million committed by the previous government.

The 68-year-old Martin said he plans to “commit a good portion of the rest of his life” to aboriginal rights and lend his support to the First Nations plight at a public forum in Toronto two days before the national day of action June 29.

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