Fontaine Not Impressed With Election Campaign

Monday, June 28, 2004 at 12:57



Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine had plenty to say about the federal election campaign during his visit to Prince Albert last week.


Fontaine was in the city on Friday to deliver a speech at the Saskatchewan Forestry Expo.


He used the opportunity to talk about what he feels has been a lack of attention paid to Aboriginal issues by all parties in this election campaign.


Fontaine said no party made any kind of announcement related to Aboriginal people during the campaign, and Aboriginal issues got only a very brief mention at the tail end of the televised French language debate.


However, Fontaine still encouraged First Nations people to vote, noting that there are 63 constituencies in Canada where the voting results can be influenced by Aboriginal people.