Tory MP walks back comments on First Nations water plants amid criticism

 By Alessia Passafiume THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA-After drawing criticism earlier this week for saying that some First Nations are burning down water treatment plants because of the federal Liberal government, a Conservative MP is now walking back his comments. Saskatchewan MP Kevin Waugh made the assertion in the House of Commons on Monday during a debate on the government’s First Nations water bill. “In my home province of Saskatchewan, I have seen reserves burn down water treatment plants because the Liberal government has done little or nothing,” Waugh said, directing his comments towards Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu. He added there needs to be “education provided for people on reserve to operate these water treatment plants,” and blamed the Liberals for not doing more. Waugh’s office confirmed Wednesday he was…

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