By The Canadian Press on December 11, 2023.
OTTAWA – Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu is expected to table much-anticipated legislation to improve water quality in First Nations communities today.
Hajdu previously said the legislation she was working on is the closest the federal government has come to co-developing law with First Nations.
But some First Nations chiefs are disputing that assertion.
The bill is being tabled more than a year after the federal government repealed legislation on drinking water for First Nations dating back to Stephen Harper’s Conservative government.
And it comes two years after a Federal Court ruling approved a massive $8-billion settlement related to drinking water advisories.
Hajdu is scheduled to hold a press conference about the bill on Parliament Hill this afternoon.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 11, 2023.