Bernard Valcourt Appointed as New Aboriginal Affairs Minister

The New Brunswick MP, who has previously worked as a cabinet minister during former prime minister Brian Mulroney’s time, has been designated to assume the controversial and challenging office of Aboriginal Affairs for the federal Conservatives. The official ceremony for swearing in Bernard Valcourt as the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development took place at Rideau hall on early Friday morning.

An official statement released by the Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, of Canada mentioned that Mr. Valcourt’s job will require him to pursue dialogues on Aboriginal issues and performing achievable tasks for providing better education and economic outcomes of Aboriginal peoples across Canada. Newly appointed minister has replaced the former holder of the position, John Duncan, who resigned from the cabinet earlier this month due to an inappropriate letter addressed to the Tax Court on his behalf, almost two years ago.

The very first public statement released by Mr. Valcourt as the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, praised his government’s efforts to enhance the living of indigenous peoples. He mentioned that “our government has made significant progress in improving outcomes for Aboriginal peoples across Canada. We have built new schools, invested in clean drinking water systems, built thousands of new homes, increased funding for services for the most vulnerable members of First Nations communities, and invested in hundreds of projects to link Aboriginals with job training services.” He added that “our Government remains committed to working with those Aboriginal leaders who want to work with the Government of Canada to create jobs and growth in their communities.”

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