Bernard Valcourt named Aboriginal Affairs minister

Bernard Valcourt is the new Aboriginal Affairs minister replacing the John Duncan who stepped down in controversy last week.

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Bernard Valcourt is the new Aboriginal Affairs minister replacing the John Duncan who stepped down in controversy last week.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper named Valcourt Friday morning following a private swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall.

Valcourt’s objective will be to “advance dialogue on Aboriginal issues and take achievable steps that will provide better education and economic outcomes for Aboriginal peoples across Canada” according to a press release by the Prime Minister’s Office.

“The government remains focused on creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity across Canada, including in our Aboriginal communities,” said Harper in a statement. “Mr. Valcourt brings considerable and wide-ranging cabinet experience to his new role.”

Duncan stepped down a week ago because he sent a letter to the federal tax court for a constituent.

“In June of 2011 I wrote a character reference letter to the Tax Court of Canada on behalf of an individual to whom my constituency staff was providing casework assistance on a Canada Revenue Agency matter,” Duncan said in a statement at the time.

Duncan said he shouldn’t have written the letter.

“I take full responsibility for my actions and the consequences they have brought,” Duncan said.

 

 

 

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  1. Did you know on January 17, 2013 the new Minister of Aboriginal Affairs stated when Chief Dean Vicaire asked him, “So how do you think your people are effected by you supporting Harper’s Bill – C-45?”, Mr. Valcourt replied, “It doesn’t matter and I don’t care” … with a smile on his face!

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