Trudeau’s promise to improve First Nations drinking water years behind schedule: federal government

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Long-term drinking water advisories affecting First Nations will take several years longer to fix than what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised, according to a new action plan presented in Parliament. The plan, discussed at a House of Commons committee on April 29, was prepared by Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) in response to an auditor general report on access to safe drinking water in First Nations. It estimated that the federal government would not be able to eliminate all long-term drinking water advisories in First Nations until 2023-24 and that it would take until 2025-26 to ensure long-term solutions for a stable drinking water supply in some of the affected nations. The new estimate comes several months after the federal government confirmed it wouldn’t meet its goal of ending all long-term drinking water advisories in First Nations by March 2021, which Trudeau pledged to do in 2015.

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