H1N1 - Manitoba First Nations shipped body bags-Medical Supplies
In anticipation of an H1N1 outbreak later on this year, Health Canada has shipped medical supplies to First Nations reserves in Northern Manitoba. Body bags were included as part of the shipment to at least two reserves.
First nations chiefs in northern Manitoba are outraged by this. They believe that this has send an ominous message to their reserve.
Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq has ordered an investigation.
The Opposition Liberal Party Leader Michael Igantieff met the Parliamentary Press Gallery this morning and demanded an apology from the Minister. The Minister had previously said that she was meeting with her provincial counterparts this morning and that she was investigating the situation. Iggy needs to chill out. The BLOC Quebecois and the New Democrats indicated earlier this week that they would vote with the government tomorrow on the Ways and Means bill. Iggy will have to wait until Opposition Day sometime in October to introduce a non-confidence motion.
First Nations chiefs in northern Manitoba say Health Canada sent an ominous message to their reserves this week when dozens of body bags were included in shipments of medical supplies for H1N1 influenza.
Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said on Wednesday she has ordered an investigation into the "disturbing" reports of body-bag shipments to First Nations communities hit hard by the H1N1 flu.
At least four reserves in Manitoba reported they received body bags in shipments from Health Canada on Tuesday. The shipments also included hand sanitizer and face masks.