Minister of Aboriginal Affairs maligns Confederacy of Nations in Question Period

For those who follow Parliament, the Conservatives willfully misleading, and often hate and venom-filled responses to Question Period are nothing new. Yet, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs' response to NDP Aborginal Affairs critic, Jean Crowder's invitation at the behest of the Confederacy of Nations, who are meeting this week in Ottawa, is jaw dropping. Here is part of the transcript:

Ms. Jean Crowder (Nanaimo—Cowichan, NDP):      Mr. Speaker, today, for the first time since 2004, the Confederacy of Nations is meeting. Fifty first nations delegates from all over over Canada will discuss their concerns about the education act, Bill C-33. They want to sit down with the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and discuss fair and equitable funding for first nations' education.    Will the minister agree to meet with the Confederacy of Nations?

Hon. Bernard Valcourt (Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, CPC)

    Mr. Speaker, I think members of the House will agree that we should have members condemn, in the strongest terms, the threats of those rogue chiefs who are threatening the security of Canadians, their families, and taxpayers.

Watch the full back and forth, and read a report from APTN about the meeting of the Confederacy of Nations here.

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