First Nations Slam Quebec Maritime Strategy

first_imgzoom The Government of Quebec, Canada, has introduced a CAD 1.5 billion Quebec Maritime Strategy, to the delight of local port authorities, but to the dismay of First Nations who said that the new strategy breaches the constitutional rights of the Aboriginal tribes. ”First Nations hold an Aboriginal title and Ancestral and treaty rights. The Constitutional Law of Canada, rulings from the Supreme Court of Canada, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, all the fundamental bases of a society established on rights clearly state that the development on the territory has to be made with First Nations. It has to be founded on a significant recognition of the status of all First Nations of this land,” a statement from the First Nations said.First Nations also accused the Government of Quebec of leading a policy of exclusion, rather than inclusion of First Nations.“Chiefs are still holding out a hand to Premier Couillard, but they won’t let anymore the ship of development leave without them,” said Ghislain Picard, Chief of the AFNQL.The proposed strategy is aimed at improving road and water links along the St. Lawrence Seaway, a gateway between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. The strategy also backs private investment projects in industrial port areas.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Press sec denies Horwath resignation rumours

A tweet from a prominent journalist Tuesday afternoon lead to speculation that NDP leader Andrea Horwath was planning to announce her resignation Wedensday morning. Rumour had it she would make a run for the job of Hamilton mayor. Her press secretary says the story is baseless.It all began with one simple tweet, but it was a tweet from a well-known media personality who has more than 53,000 followers on Twitter. Steve Paikin, who is from Hamilton and the host of TVO’s current affairs show “The Agenda” tweeted out, “Rumours are rampant that Andrea Horwath is going to announce her resignation tomorrow. If she does, I bet she runs for mayor of Hamilton.”This tweet was then shared by 133 people to their own Twitter followers. Within hours, there were reports on numerous media outlets of this speculative tweet. Horwath’s press secretary Marion Nader reached out to CHCH to address it, saying the rumours are completely baseless.“Andrea is absolutely not resigning tomorrow. She’s looking forward to getting back to work at the legislature, doing the job of holding this government accountable. Making sure people’s voices are heard at queen’s park. Unfortunately this was just a tweet about a rumour. There is no truth to it whatsoever,” she said.Horwath will be speaking at a news conference tomorrow morning at Queen’s Park. NDP officials say it is to talk about how New Democrats are looking forward to getting back to work in the legislature. read more

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