Press release - 2014 recap
December 17th, 2014 - 9:15am
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2014
ROMEO SAGANASH PLEASED WITH PROGRESS IN 2014 AND READY TO FACE THE MUSIC IN 2015
VAL-D’OR – Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou MP Romeo Saganash invited the Vallée-de-l’Or media to his Val-d’Or office on December 16, for a press conference to summarize his work in Parliament this fall and throughout 2014 and to discuss the issues he will be tackling in 2015.
In regards to the fall Parliamentary session which ended on December 12, Saganash discussed the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women, the tragedy involving the gunman that took siege on Parliament Hill on October 22, along with the results of the Auditor General’s report published on November 25.
“For quite some time now, we have been repeating that the Nutrition North program isn’t working, but the Conservatives haven’t done anything to improve the situation. The Auditor General’s report, published on November 25, confirmed that our concerns were well founded. Rather than take swift action, the Conservatives chose to wait around – an attitude that appears to be symptomatic after Minister Aglukkak’s chose to ignore my questions and read the newspaper during QP in November,” said Saganash.
Having visited Nunavik several times since being elected, including twice this fall and a visit to Nunavut with Official Opposition and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair in August, Saganash is familiar with the situation on the ground and has continued, along with five of his colleagues, to call for an Auditor General’s report on the price of food in Canada’s northern communities.
When it comes to the MP’s work this year, the progress made on the fight against homelessness stands out. In fact, Saganash vowed in his December 2013 summary to work on this problem which has been particularly problematic in downtown Val-d’Or.
“Since January, I have been meeting with the mayor and the provincial MNA to design an action plan, and the initiative has since borne some good results. Ever since, we have continued to see progress as a result of pooling our resources together in Val-d’Or. This is a tough issue and progress is slow, but by working together, we are now beginning to see the effects. 2015 promises more of the same,” said Saganash.
MP Saganash is preparing for a busy and emotional year in 2015, with the October election on the horizon.
“One thing is for sure: I will continue to work as hard as I can to continue to represent the people of Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou after October 19, 2015,” said Romeo Saganash.
As soon as work resumes on Parliament Hill January 26, you can be sure that Saganash will be hard at work fighting homelessness in Val-d’Or and high food prices in northern communities. He will also continue to work to develop cell phone and internet networks in the riding, and to put an end to the endemic of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. The MP bill to ensure that all Canadian laws respect the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will be up for Debate in early Spring.
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