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Aboriginal spending tops $1.4-billion

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Budget hits and misses

CP Video - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 5:06 EST

After a torrent of leaks there were still some surprises in the 2009 federal budget. Canadian Press reporters Rob Russo and Bruce Cheadle look at the hits and misses in the financial plan

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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