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Budget

Senator Dennis Patterson

But we need to make sure that we are investing smartly and taking the voice of northerners into account.

Senator Dennis Patterson

Spending from April 1st to June 30th totaled more than $1.3-million, slightly more than the same period the year prior, but with ten fewer Senators.

$4.5 million for Cape Dorset

Senator Dennis Patterson

The Kenojuak Cultural Centre and Print Shop is $4.5 million closer to becoming a reality in the community of Cape Dorset.

The funds, announced June 27, come from Canadian Heritage, topping a March announcement by Infrastructure Canada that it is investing $2 million. The project, a partnership between the Municipality of Cape Dorset and the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative, is estimated to cost approximately $10 million.

Aquatic centre getting $4 million

Senator Dennis Patterson

“There’s a fundamental shift in the culture of Iqaluit happening today,” Deputy Mayor Romeyn Stevenson said during a Feb. 29 press conference in which federal funding of $4 million toward the city’s aquatic centre was announced.

“Buildings like the aquatic centre are in the middle of that shift. We’re becoming a place where people can be proud to live. This new building will allow Iqalummiut to exercise, to learn new skills, to play, all in a healthy and inviting environment.”

$25 million for infrastructure

Senator Dennis Patterson

Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo announced $25.62 million in federal infrastructure dollars for Nunavut at the legislative assembly in Iqaluit Feb. 29.

Tootoo said the federal Liberal government knows the infrastructure deficit in Nunavut goes deep, adding, “We also know we need to invest in our communities.”

Happy with the numbers

Senator Dennis Patterson

The 2010 federal budget passed down by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty this past week lays out a plan for a return to balanced budgets and is a positive budget for Nunavummiut, said Nunavut MP and federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq.

Aglukkaq said the Conservative government has given Northerners a budget that will create jobs and growth. She said the federal government remains committed to the North and has made several key investments in this budget.