Urgent action required on Potlotek water crisis

September 30, 2016

For immediate release.

HALIFAX – Disturbing images of thick, black water coming out of people’s taps in Potlotek First Nation,  located near St. Peters, Cape Breton, demonstrate yet again the inaction and lack of resources from the provincial and federal Liberal governments with respect to water infrastructure in First Nations communities.

“If this was happening in Truro, or Port Hawkesbury, there would be immediate government action to resolve the water problems, but because it is in a First Nations community, people are being told to sit around and wait. Why is that acceptable to the Liberals?” asks Lenore Zann, NDP Critic for Aboriginal Affairs.

The federal government has promised $141.7 million to address water infrastructure issues in First Nations communities, but so far that money has not reached Potlotek First Nation.

“One day is too many for a community to have dirty water coming from their taps,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill.


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