The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that the federal government has not provided the same level of funding for child welfare services on reserves that exist elsewhere.
“The Tribunal’s decision is the right one and it must be heeded by the new Liberal Government.” That is the opinion of PC Party Leader Rick Swenson. “I think most would agree this decision is common sense and I wonder why this was even an issue in the first place.”
Swenson added, “I find it hard to believe the federal government has spent nine years and millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money in legal fees trying to get this thrown out of court. The government was thinking of the government and its bureaucrats, not the children they were charged with supporting. I am pleased to hear the government state they do plan to make this right.”
Swenson continued, “Every child in Saskatchewan deserves to have the same opportunities. They should have access to school, health care and recreational opportunities. It is obvious that this hasn’t been the case here or across Canada.”
Swenson concluded, “Healthy children grow into healthy adults. Those healthy adults in turn contribute to all facets of society. Shouldn’t that be the goal for every child in our province and country?”
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