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Commons work week wraps up with call for 'nation-to-nation dialogue' with First Nations

With all eyes on Boston as the hunt for the remaining marathon bombing suspect plays out in real time, the House of Commons will, once again, be dominated by an opposition-driven debate as MPs consider the pros and cons of the following NDP motion:

That this House call on the government to: (a) abandon its confrontational approach to First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit in favour of a nation-to-nation dialogue; (b) make treaty implementation, as well as the settlement and implementation of land claims, a priority, including in Labrador; and (c) begin negotiations in good faith with NunatuKavut Community Council on their comprehensive land claim that has been without a response since 1991.

Meanwhile, outside the precinct, the PM heads to Brantford for a "business roundtable" with Human Resources Minister Diane Finley, local Conservative MP Phil McColeman and various and sundry unidentified participants.

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit:

  • In Freetown, Revenue Minister Gail Shea heads to a local farm to unveil fresh federal cash for the Island's agriculture sector.
  • Back on the mainland, Transport Minister Denis Lebel shows his government's support for the twon of Saint-Raphael.
  • Moving west, Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose launches a "Call for Proposals" at Edmonton-based Women Building Futures.
  • Finally, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty meets with his G20 counterparts in Washington, DC, while elsewhere in the US capitol, International Development Minister Julian Fantino attends the "spring meetings" of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund.

Also out and about today: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, who will make an appearance at the West Coast Oil and Pipeline Summit and Gala in Vancouver. 

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