BRANTFORD – Federal NDP Candidate for Brantford-Brant Marc Laferriere followed up on many local concerns on a recent trip to Parliament Hill. The second time candidate had meetings in our nations’s capital with NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and a tri-council delegation of local leaders representing Six Nations of The Grand River, The City of Brantford and County of Brant elected councils.
“For six years I have been in contact with local representatives as well as Federal NDP MPs on these issues. We hear every election from our current Conservative MP that Six Nations land claims are his ‘number one priority’ but after years of Conservative and Liberal representation in Ottawa we haven’t seen the ball move a yard up the field to actually resolve Six Nations claims,” said Laferriere.
“The social and economic opportunities that are stalled because of these issues has a negative effect on all of the communities that make up the riding of Brantford-Brant. If the current federal government won’t negotiate in good faith it is important to get the right people at the table now to finally move forward if elected. I left the meeting with Chief Hill, Mayor Friel and various elected members from all councils very hopeful for our communities towards a path of reconciliation.”
“I am committed to personally getting back to the negotiation table as a federal representative in good faith with Six Nations towards resolution if elected this October and want to thank all who attended the meeting for their insight and suggestions on how to move forward,” added Laferriere.
Also attending the meeting were NDP MPs Romeo Saganash who helped write the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Niki Ashton (Aboriginal Affairs Critic) and Jonathan Genest Jourdain (Deputy Aboriginal Affairs Critic) as well as some research staff from both the Federal NDP and Six Nations of The Grand River.
While in Ottawa Laferriere also met with NDP MPs Charlie Angus and Claude Gravelle to follow up on consultations both men had in Brantford recently in regards to the New Democratic Party of Canada’s proposals for national strategies on palliative care and dementia care.
Also this week Laferriere was asked to speak to a crowd of over 500 Southwestern Ontario NDP supporters at a rally on Thursday with NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, Ontario NDP MPP Catherine Fife and Waterloo Region City Councillor Diane Freeman who is now the official candidate for the NDP in Waterloo.
Laferriere attended with a bus full of Brantford-Brant supporters and spoke to the momentum the party is currently seeing in national polls and on the ground in various ridings in the region.