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Ind. (NU)
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2016-10-04 9:26
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Thank you, Madam Chair, and thank you, members.
I won't use all the time. I have just a quick question for the minister.
Thank you for coming this morning.
On this issue of the Navigable Waters Protection Act and the cuts that were made, it's something that a lot of aboriginal groups across the country were rather upset about, to put it mildly. Unlike some people who say a stream is just a stream, that stream feeds aboriginal people and sustains them.
My quick question for the minister is, since being in, I wonder if he can highlight any concerns that he has heard from different aboriginal groups across the country from coast to coast to coast with regard to the changes that were made.
Thank you, Madam Chair.
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Ind. (NU)
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2016-10-04 10:14
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Thank you, Madam Chair.
Thank you, Ken.
It's been brought up that subsection 29(3) allows the minister the discretion to add or not. I think one of the concerns that I've heard is that in some governments the ministers will talk to you, while in other governments they won't. I guess even though that mechanism is there, the fact is that it's at the whim of whoever is the minister. Is one of the things you've heard from an indigenous group or the public as a whole that they want something a little more certain than the whim of the minister of the day?
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