With only two-sitting days to his credit, medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner’s new Member of Parliament, Glen Motz is making his presence known in the House of Commons.
Today, during Question Period he challenged the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs to enforce the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, which came into law under the previous Conservative government, to empower first nation communities by giving them tools that they need to hold their leadership to account.
“In my riding, the minister’s blatant disregard of the First Nations Financial Transparency Act has made it nearly impossible for members of the Blood Reserve to access the most basic of information,” he stated. “Community members are in the dark and have no clue if funds are being distributed properly for health care, housing, and other essential needs. When will the minister stop enabling this lack of transparency and start enforcing the law?”
Although the Minister in response suggested the government takes allegations of fraud seriously, work on the Kainai Reserve audit was halted in 2015 after a legal opinion determined the department did not have jurisdiction to investigate on reserve own-source revenue, thus there is no audited financial report to release.
During Member’s Statements, MP Motz also expressed gratitude to the residents of his Southern Alberta riding for their confidence in electing him their federal representative.
“I am honoured to rise in the House to thank the great people of Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner for their support, trust and hard work to bring us here,” he stated.
“As their elected MP I look forward to holding the Liberal government to account on issues facing my riding, including the economy, job creation, pipelines and keeping taxes low in support of families. Residents of my riding also expect the government to ensure that our agricultural community remains strong and competitive.”
Motz concluded by noting, “On October 24, the residents of Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner sent a very strong message to the Liberal government that its policies are failing Alberta and Canada, and I am here to deliver that message.”