Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Thank you Premier Doer!

From: "Premier" PREMIER@leg.gov.mb.ca
To: pieuk@shaw.ca
Sent: June 20, 2006 11:03 AM
Subject: Response from Premier Doer

Thank you for your e-mail.

I appreciate your time and effort in sending me an e-mail and I can assure you that each e-mail is read and noted. As you may be aware, I receive many e-mails each day. Due to the large volume you may not receive a response other than this automated reply.

As the internet is not a secure method of transmission we respectfully request your full name and mailing address if you wish a response. Thank you for sharing your concerns and comments with me.

Gary Doer
Tuesday June 20, 2006

The Honourable Gary Albert Doer
Room 204 Legislative Building
Winnipeg Manitoba R3C 0V8
Telephone: (204) 945-3714, 3715
Facsimile: (204) 949-1484
E-mail: premier@leg.gov.mb.ca

Dear Premier Doer:

Thank you for replying to my e-mail of June 6, 2006 - your Office has always responded in the past to my correspondence. If you would like to contact my by surface mail my particulars are:

2-371 Des Meurons Street
Winnipeg Manitoba R2H 2N6
E-mail: pieuk@shaw.ca
Telehone: 237-7063

As you are well aware, the Manitoba Metis Federation is currently in the midst of an election the results of which will have a significant impact on our province.

Over the years there are those of us who have grown increasingly concerned with the lack of built-in checks and balances associated with the MMF's electoral process. In short, it has degenerated into the wild, wild west of bygone days as evidenced by the troubling information increasingly appearing on the internet.

To cite but one example, the Federation's by-laws are completely silent on the issue of campaign funding for which there is absolutely no accountability or public disclosure requirements. For example, are taxpayer dollars being used to this end?

On the eve of Mr. Justice Perry Schulman's January 27, 2004 decision to overturn the 2003 election results, incumbent President David Chartrand publicly stated to the Winnipeg media if the Manitoba Metis Federation were ordered to hold a second vote it would require additional funding (both federal and provincial) to pay for amending the election by-laws plus the cost of conducting a second vote - money he claimed the organization did not have. Sadly, huge gaps still exist in the bylaws. However, this time around it is as bad as, and likely worse, than in Mach of 2003.

Unfortunately, Elections Manitoba does no have the jurisdiction to intervene to appoint independent, neutral observers. Therefore, we may face another fiasco come June 29, 2006 which would be an embarrassment not only for our Metis citizens but all Manitobans.

It was with this in mind I orginally wrote Mr. Alvin Zivot, Q.C, the MMF's Chief Electoral Officer on June 6, 2006 with copies to Prime Minister Harper, Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada Minister Jim Prentice, his Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Rod Bruinooge and you.

Clare L. Pieuk


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you see this in the Winnipeg Sun Clare

A handful of Tory MLAs are throwing their support behind David Chartrand's bid for re-election as president of the Manitoba Metis Federation.

In an unusual move, MLAs David Faurschou, Jack Penner, Jack Reimer, Denis Rocan and Ron Schuler are taking sides in the MMF election. Rocan, who is Metis, said Chartrand has done a lot for his people since he was first elected nine years ago.

"I'm supporting David Chartrand because of the work that I have been able to accomplish with him on behalf of the community," he said.

Schuler said the MLAs were acting as individuals and do not speak for their caucus or their party by endorsing Chartrand.

Chartrand is up against former MMF president Yvon Dumont, who led the organization from 1984-93. The election will take place June 29.

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