May 10, 2013 3:28 pm

Web exclusive: Paul Martin on aboriginal issues and federal finances

Global News

WINNIPEG — Former prime minister Paul Martin spoke with Global Winnipeg online about aboriginal education, the failed Kelowna Accord versus the current federal government’s approach to aboriginal issues, and finances.

He answered a question from Karen Davis, a member of Global Winnipeg’s Facebook community: Is it possible to provide support to aboriginal preschoolers through family literacy initiatives ?

He also spoke about the impact his aboriginal youth entrepreneurship program is having on for the young people participating.

Martin, who as finance minister tabled the budget that brought Canada out of deficit, said the situation he faced was much worse than that faced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government.

Finally, he was scathing in his indictment of the current federal approach to aboriginal affairs. As prime minister, Martin helped engineer the Kelowna Accord, a comprehensive agreement among aboriginal groups, the provinces and the federal government that he says would have changed the lives of First Nations people.

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