Carolyn Bennett is the Liberal Critic for Aboriginal Affairs, she says if the Liberal Party were to form the next government, there will be a national public inquiry into missing and murdered women, saying only a public inquiry is the only way to prevent future deaths.
She also says the Liberals would honour and implement all 94 recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Committee, saying it would be inappropriate to cherry pick certain recommendations over others.
While Bill C-51 has raised many concerns that legitimate protest will become criminalized, Bennett says the Liberals will repeal certain sections and amend the act to ensure people standing up for their rights won’t be branded as terrorists.
She also takes aim at the NDP for not supporting the amendments her party presented.
When asked if First Nations voters may feel cynical about the attention their issues get during an election, and then are forgotten once the election is over, Bennett says it’s a fair concern.
She points to the work the previous Liberal government did under Prime Minister Paul Martin with the Kelowna Accords, and says a new Liberal government would work again to rebuild that trust and relationship.