Nova Scotia

Conservatives ignore First Nations: chiefs

Just one day before Canadians go to the polls, a First Nations group in Atlantic Canada says one party is letting them down.

Just one day before Canadians go to the polls, a First Nations group in Atlantic Canada says one party is letting them down.

John Paul, executive director of the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs, said not one of the Conservative candidates running in Atlantic Canada responded to a questionnaire sent out two weeks ago. 

Candidates from other parties not only answered the questions pertaining to issues that affect aboriginals, he said, but added personal commentary.

"The deadline was Wednesday and we never heard anything from anybody from the Conservatives," Paul said.

"We went with the responses that we had and we communicated that widely to our website and to Facebook and so on so that they would see and hear who responded and what was said."

General questions about economic development, federal support programs, health care, job training and electoral reform were included in the questionnaire.

Aboriginal issues have not received the attention they deserve during the election campaign, he said.

Paul said his group has sent out questionnaires in other federal election campaigns.

"It's a continuation of a process, trying to get feedback from all the people that are running for office in Atlantic Canada," he said.

The Conservative Party of Canada did not return calls for comment.

The Congress represents about 37,000 First Nations people in 37 communities, mainly in Atlantic Canada. It also represents natives in parts of Maine and eastern Quebec.

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