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Aboriginal spending tops $1.4-billion

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Victoria Foley and Paul Fredricks

Globe and Mail Update - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 9:34 EST

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From Wednesday's Globe and Mail

OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives will spend an extra $1.4-billion on aboriginal issues – mostly to help Canada's impoverished reserves – as native concerns are addressed in a wide range of budget items covering everything from seaports to railways.

Aboriginal leaders, accustomed over many years to budget-day disappointment, were hopeful that a summit this month with Prime Minister Stephen Harper would see their issues addressed.

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