Congress of Aboriginal Peoples National Chief, Betty Ann Lavallee, CD, (Ret’d) Issued the following Statement on the Sudden Resignation of John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
(Ottawa) February 15, 2013 – “I am surprised and sadden upon hearing of the resignation of John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.”
“Over a number of years, I have gotten to know Mr. Duncan quite well. He is an honourable man who was doing his best to improve the lives of all Aboriginal Peoples throughout Canada. His contributions in moving the Aboriginal Agenda forward will not be forgotten.”
“Personally, I would like to thank Mr. Duncan for his service and commitment and wish him and his family all the best in the future.”
“I look forward to working with the acting Minister, the Honourable James Moore as the Prime Minister looks to appoint someone new to this very important and challenging portfolio.”
Since 1971, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (Formerly known as the Native Council of Canada) has been the National Representative Organization and the National Voice for the constituency and their affiliate organizations making up the Congress’ family of advocates for the Off-Reserve, Non-Status and Status Indians, Southern Inuit and Métis Aboriginal Peoples living in urban, rural remote and isolated areas throughout Canada.