9 MPs form Liberal government's Indigenous caucus
'We are by no means the final say on Indigenous perspectives, but we are a starting point'
Nine First Nation, Inuit and Métis MPs have formed the Liberal government's new Indigenous caucus, the party announced on Tuesday.
A record number of Indigenous MPs were elected in the most recent federal election: nine Liberals and two New Democrats.
Chairman Don Rusnak said in a release that the caucus will advocate for Indigenous issues, adding that he believes it to be the largest of its kind in Canadian history.
The caucus members include:
- Don Rusnak, Thunder Bay-Rainy River.
- Jody Wilson-Raybould, Vancouver-Granville.
- Yvonne Jones, Labrador-Newfoundland.
- Randy Boissonnault, Edmonton Centre.
- Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Winnipeg Centre.
- Marc Serré, Nickel Belt.
- Michael McLeod, Northwest Territories.
- Dan Vandal, St. Boniface-St. Vital.
- Vance Badawey, Niagara Centre.
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"We have had people approach us individually for advice on bills or programming, and we decided it would be more effective to work together as a group," Rusnak said. "We are by no means the final say on Indigenous perspectives, but we are a starting point."