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The Minister of Health since 2008 and the first Inuk in Canadian history to be appointed to the Cabinet of Canada.
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Aborigin.health agency's 'governance' issues cited for cuts


One of the reasons the federal government pulled funding for the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) was due to its "governance challenges," says Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq. "Health Canada worked with NAHO in an attempt to resolve these issues but, unfortunately, they were not addressed," Aglukkaq said in a statement. The statement went on to say how some organizations, such as the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), withdrew support from NAHO. CBC News learned last week the federal government plans to cut more than 800 positions at Health Canada. Despite those cuts, ...


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


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 ...


Statement by the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq


Canada is a world leader in tobacco control. Smoking is at an all-time low in Canada, with smoking rates dropping to a historic low of 17%. The number of Canadians who smoke on a daily basis is even lower, at 13%. Our government is proud of the work we have done, and is now refocusing our anti-smoking grants and contributions program towards populations with higher smoking rates. In particular, aboriginal populations within Canada have rates as high as 50%. We are committed to helping all Canadians in their fight against smoking. Our Government has introduced new warning labels on cigarette ...



 
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