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Philpott’s $9-billion Indigenous Services budget triple Bennett’s in new departments’ inaugural year

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Indigenous Services has a budget of $9.3-billion compared to $3.1-billion for Crown-Indigenous Relations, according to the main estimates.

As the first Indigenous Services Minister, Jane Philpott is overseeing a department that has a planned budget three times bigger than her counterpart, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, and double the size of her previous portfolio as health minister. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Half a year after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau officially split Indigenous Affairs into two departments with “distinct, but complementary objectives,” their first departmental plans show new Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott’s budget is triple that of her Indigenous-focused counterpart Carolyn Bennett (Toronto-St. Paul's, Ont.), and more than double what she oversaw as health minister. The split has seen thousands of staff and millions of dollars, mostly from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), shift to support a new

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