NDP candidate slams Harper's cuts to North
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 6:43 PM
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - Western Arctic incumbent Member of Parliament Dennis Bevington is in Yellowknife Tuesday at his campaign headquarters, taking aim at Stephen Harper's commitment to the North and \his style of leadership.
He believes it's because Conservative MPs in the North have little-or-no influence in the Harper cabinet.
"We've got a Conservative senior minister from the North (Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq). Why is the North getting cut in this fashion? Is it because most people in the Harper government are hamstrung to say anything?" he asked.
"That they owe their positions and allegiance to a central authority that doesn't allow any discontent? Is that what's going on here?"
The NDP candidate says that during the last five years in Ottawa, he's seen a parade of "yes men" on the government side of the house.
Bevington said the millions of dollars in reductions will affect employment, development and safe-guarding the environment in the North.
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