Hold off on election, Aboriginal groups say

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Fearing that Paul Martin’s Liberal government may soon fall in a possible non-confidence vote in the House of Commons, aboriginal leaders are pleading with NDP leader Jack Layton to support the Liberals until after a first minister’s meeting with aboriginal leaders scheduled for Nov. 24 and 25 in Kelowna, B.C.

It’s widely expected that the federal government will announce a new Inuit social housing program at that meeting.

But if the government falls before the Kelowna meeting, the country will be plunged into an election campaign, and the impending aboriginal spending plans, which also include money for education and health, would likely be postponed.

Layton, after failing to reach an agreement on health care with Paul Martin last week, is now threatening to vote against the government in a non-confidence vote.

This week, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Assembly of First Nations called on Layton to support the Liberals until after the Kelowna gathering.

“We have serious and urgent expectations, both of a policy and budgetary nature at this upcoming meeting with the premiers and prime minister,” ITK president Jose Kusugak said in a press release issued this week.

As of Nunatsiaq News press-time this week, Layton responded by proposing that the NDP introduce a motion on Nov. 24 that, if passed, would lead to dissolution of the house in January and a federal election in February.

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