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Bernard Valcourt’s local First Nations connection belies his national image – CBC

Federal aboriginal affairs minister is vying for re-election in the northwestern Madawaska-Restigouche riding

Sep 21, 2015

For many First Nations activists and organizations, Bernard Valcourt has become the bête noire of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government.

As minister of aboriginal affairs and northern development, the veteran Conservative politician has been the face of Ottawa’s approach to aboriginal issues.

He took over the department in the midst of the wave of Idle No More protests. He was on the job when a sweeping education plan negotiated with First Nations fell apart.

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