Ottawa is stiffing Quebec for $198 million in bills from the Oka crisis and the education of Crees and Inuit, says a Quebec cabinet minister.
Intergovernment Affairs Minister Louise Beaudoin stormed off to Ottawa with her complaint about the unpaid bills in May, saying Quebec has gotten a raw deal yet again.
Beaudoin said Ottawa owes $79 million for the huge policing costs incurred when provincial police attacked Mohawk barricades without government authorization. A SWAT team officer died, possibly shot by a fellow officer.
Quebec is also tired of paying for the education of the Crees and Inuit all by itself. Beaudoin says Canada owes $119 million in unpaid obligations under the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement.