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More questions than answers

Kent Driscoll
Northern News Services

Arviat (Apr 05/06) - People in Arviat have been waiting for years to see if they will be linked to the rest of Canada by a highway.

A highway to the Kivalliq would have great economic benefits for the region, but it's just one of the issues Nunavut MP Nancy Karetak-Lindell has been kept in the dark about since the Conservatives took power.

Nancy Karetak-Lindell facing a new challenge - life as an Opposition member

"I have no idea (what projects are still being considered)," said Lindell.

"I have yet to meet with Minister (Jim) Prentice. That's one of their little ways to remind us we are the Opposition."

Lindell has been trying to meet with the new minister of Indian and Northern Affairs since the Jan. 23 election.

She also fears for the future of the Kelowna Accord, the package for Northern development announced prior to the Liberal collapse.

Lindell is facing a new challenge - life as an Opposition member - and is looking for new ways to have her voice heard.

She has also picked up the title of associate critic for public health.

The new Conservative government has combined some cabinet positions, but the Liberals are keeping their old formation.

There will be a Liberal critic for Indian Affairs and another for Northern Development.

"We'll (have a critic for each) even though the Conservative government put them back together under one minister," said Lindell.

"For the first Question Period, the government will be more nervous than us.

"They've never had to answer questions before."