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Leona Aglukkaq

Cuts at Health Can. reduce scrutiny of 1st-nations spending

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First nations that have proven themselves to be good managers of federal health dollars will face less oversight as part of the Conservative government’s cost-cutting efforts.

Health Canada says it doesn’t make sense to require first nations with a good track record of fiscal accountability to go through an entire 150-step process to get approval for grants and contributions.

“This is part of the spending review. We are looking for ways to do things more efficiently,” said Steve Outhouse, a spokesman for Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq.

The First Nations and Inuit Health Branch is one of the largest divisions of Health Canada, he explained, “and one of the complaints we hear from first nations – some of them on a fairly regular basis – is that they spend more time reporting to Health Canada that they do actually delivering health services to the community.”

 

 

by GLORIA GALLOWAY

 

Source: theglobeandmail.com

 


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