MP Airs Concerns About Residential School Deal

Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 14:16



Northern Saskatchewan’s Member of Parliament says he’s pleased the Conservative government appears ready to proceed with a residential school compensation agreement, but he does have a few concerns.


Gary Merasty says when Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice announced a final agreement had been reached the other day, he neglected to mention whether the Tories will fast-track payments to elderly residential school survivors.


He also says the Conservatives have backed out of an election promise to compensate the survivors of the Metis boarding school in Ile-a-la-Crosse by not including them in the deal.


Merasty says until these concerns are met and the agreement is fully implemented, justice will not be realized for the former students.