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TO: All First Nations, Tribal Councils & Provincial / Territorial Organizations
FROM: Regional Chief Angus Toulouse
DATE: March 28, 2012
RE: Provincial Budget 2012


- Title: “Strong Action for Ontario: A Plan to Balance the Budget, Create Jobs, Protect Education and Health Care”
- Release date: March 27, 2012 by Finance Minister Dwight Duncan
- Implements some Drummond recommendations

Toronto, ON - Yesterday, Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan presented the provincial budget which was described as a five year plan to keep Ontario on track to balance the budget by 2017-18. The budget proposes to reduce spending by $17.7 billion over the next three years while increasing revenues by $4.4 billion without raising taxes.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy was honoured as the sole award recipient from North America at the fourth International World Conference of Elders of Ancient Traditions and Cultures in Haridwar, India. The conference which took place from March 4-7, 2012, was jointly organized by the International Council of Cultural Studies (ICCS) of USA and India. It included participation from more than 1000 members of 75 different cultures from over 40 different countries.