Where are our federal tax dollars going?

Dear editor,
Attawapiskat seems to be the latest poster child for the Third World conditions some of our aboriginal communities endure.

Dear editor,Attawapiskat seems to be the latest poster child for the Third World conditions some of our aboriginal communities endure and is also convenient whipping post for the Opposition.A total of $16.5 million is allocated by the federal government each year to help support this community. That is approximately $14,000 for every man, woman and child in the community.One finds it very difficult to understand how conditions could have become so dismal when such apparently healthy funding is being delivered annually to this community.Media reports this morning suggest even higher levels of funding have been provided and the local chief/spokesperson blandly states much of the funding goes into education and health. Such broad statements need to be scrutinized.The situation now being exposed in Attawapiskat provides yet more evidence pointing to the need for transparency and accountability with regard to how our federal tax dollars are being spent in such communities.W. Hunter,Courtenay

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