Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador

Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador
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April 27, 2011 14:42 ET

Federal Elections: The Conservatives Turn Their Back on The Debate on First Nation Issues

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 27, 2011) - Four of the five main political parties will be represented tonight within the scope of an electoral debate regarding First Nation issues. The Conservative Party is the only one refusing to participate. "It's very unfortunate, but not surprising. The Conservative Party has a bad track record with respect to its relations with First Nations. It prefers to hide, rather than provide transparent answers to issues of concern to us", stated the Chief of the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), Ghislain Picard.

This debate, which is taking place this Wednesday, April 27th, at 7:00 p.m., at the Auditorium of the Tour de Montréal (Olympic Stadium), in Montreal, will be broadcasted live on the radio of la Société de communication Atikamekw-Montagnais (SOCAM) and on the Website www.socam.net. It will be moderated by Michèle Rouleau, and the questions will be asked by a panel of independent journalists, formed of Danielle Rochette (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network), Jean-Philippe Robillard (Radio-Canada) and Caroline Nepton-Hotte (Radio-Canada). A portion of the evening will be reserved for questions from the audience.

About a hundred people are expected at this debate, of which the following candidates agreed to participate:

  • Stéphane Dion, for the Liberal Party of Canada

  • Hoang Mai, for the New Democratic Party

  • Pierre Paquette, for the Bloc Québécois

  • François Pilon, for the Green Party

The unabridged version of the evening will be made available as of Friday, on the AFNQL Website: www.apnql-afnql.com.

About AFNQL

AFNQL is the regional organization regrouping the 43 Chiefs of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador. For information: www.apnql-afnql.com.

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