Grassy Narrows chief calls out feds amid ‘ridiculous’ delays to mercury treatment centre construction – CBC

Feb 16, 2024

Trudeau said ‘money is not the objection’ to building the centre during 2019 election debate

The chief of Grassy Narrows is calling out the federal government as a long-promised mercury poisoning treatment centre for the northern Ontario First Nation remains beset by delays tied to federal funding uncertainty.

Eight months have passed since Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu promised to seek the extra money Rudy Turtle needs to get shovels in the ground, with the centre facing big cost overruns after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nervous and frustrated, Turtle urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep his high-profile promise to the people of Grassy Narrows — more than four years after he made it.

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