MONTREAL – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on federal funding for the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation:
“It is inexcusable that Shoal Lake 40 First Nation has been cut off from the rest of Canada, with inadequate access to the most basic necessities. The situation requires an urgent response, yet for years the federal government has abandoned its responsibility to the First Nation.
“The current unreliable, expensive, and often dangerous access to Shoal Lake 40 cannot be allowed to continue. It is time to ensure permanent, year-round access by road to this community. A Liberal government is committed to delivering funding for the Freedom Road to Shoal Lake 40.
“We will work in good faith with the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, Winnipeg, and Manitoba to resolve the access issue permanently for the well-being of all residents.”