Liberal government neglecting northerners: Yurdiga
February 16, 2016
OTTAWA, ONTARIO- Conservative MP and Official Opposition Critic of Northern Affairs, David Yurdiga is calling on Minister of Finance Bill Morneau to reverse his decision to only partially restore the cuts to the Territorial Funding Formula. Like many Northern Canadians Yurdiga is concerned that partial restoration will cause undue hardship to Northern communities. “In the North everything costs more because goods often have to be flown in or delivered by ice roads. The distance between communities also drastically increases the cost of providing adequate government services,” said Yurdiga. With such a small tax base and large expenses, the Territorial Governments rely on consistent funding from the Federal Government to maintain services. “While continuing to shun the resource sector in the North along with all other regions of Canada, the Liberals are pulling the carpet out from under the Territorial Governments,” said Yurdiga. Yurdiga is calling on all Northerners to send their concerns to Minister Morneau.