Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Your next MNC President?

The Honourable W. Yvon Dumont, O.M.
(Term of Office: 05 March 1993 - 02 March 1999)

  • Born: St. Laurent, Manitoba, 21 January 1951
  • First became active in Manitoba Metis Federation 1967 as Secretary Treasurer of St. Laurent Local and 1972 Director of Interlake Region
  • Executive Vice-President of Manitoba Metis Federation 1973 and President 1984-93
  • A founding Vice-President of Native Council of Canada 1972-73 and President of Metis National Council 1988-93
  • Member of Municipal Council, Rural Municipality of St. Laurent
  • Member of Board of Governors, University of Manitoba
  • Active in several small businesses and served on national division of Aboriginal Economic Development Board
  • Vice Prior and Knight of Justice of Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem
  • Received Manitoba Metis Federation Award 1993 for dedicated service to Metis people of Canada and National Aboriginal Achievement Award 1996 for public service
  • Awarded Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from University of Manitoba 1996
  • Appointed to Order of Manitoba 2001

Tansi/Good Day Folks:

The upcoming Metis National Council General Assembly (October 13-14, 2007) which will elect a new President should be fascinating:

(1) Incumbent President Clement Chartier's term expired. Four of five Board Directors passed a Motion to remove him

(2) Only Manitoba Metis Federation President and MNC Director David Chartrand supported Mr. Chartier's bid to remain in power. Both subsequently challenged the majority ruling in court

(3) Justice Cosgrove of Ontario's Superior Court ruled (September 17, 2007) MNC Chief Administrative Officer Dale LeClair be given de facto day-to-day responsibility for running the Council until an election is held

(4) Here's where it gets interesting. Like you we too have heard the rumours circulating Canada and Manitoba's first Metis Lieutenant Governor The Honourable W. Yvon Dumont may be running for President. This is the same gentleman the Metis National Council, Metis National Council Secretariat Inc. and Clem Chartier unsuccessfully tried to sue ($47,000 plus court costs) last year for allegedly not preforming his duties as an MNC Goodwill Ambassador

In a decision handed down in July, 2006 Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench Justice John Menzies ruled in favour of Mr. Dumont. However, earlier this year our "learned friend" Murray Norman Trachtenberg, who unsuccessfully represented the Plaintiffs, filed a Notice of Appeal. If this further taxpayers' waste of money goes ahead, we believe the Dumont decision will be upheld. Talk about poetic justice!

We certainly hope Mr. Dumont decides to run - CyberSmokeBlog endorses his candidacy.

Below is Justice Cosgrove's written ruling, as well as, a Draft Agenda for the MNC's upcoming General Assembly. Should be fascinating - too bad the television cameras couldn't be there!


Clare L. Pieuk


Court File No. 07-CV-39063


Monday, The 17th Day Of September 007



Plaintiffs/Moving Parties





Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Barristers and Solicitors

1100 - 100 Queen Street Ottawa ON K1P1J9

J. Bruce Carr-Harris

Isabella Mentina

(613) 237-5160 Telephone

(613) 230-8842 Facsimile

Counsel for The Maniotba Metis Federation Inc. and Clement Chartier

THIS MOTION made by the Plaintiffs/Moving Parties for interm Orders and other relief set out in the Plaintiffs/Moving Parties Case Management Motion Form dated August 21, 2007, was heard this day at 161 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario.

UPON READING the material filed on the motion and on hearing the submissions of Counsel for the Plaintiffs/Moving Parties and Counsel for the Defendants/Respondents the Metis National Council ("MNC"), the Metis National Council Secretariat Inc. ("MNCSI"), Audrey Poitras, Bruce Dumont, Tony Belcourt and Robert Doucette, and on consent of all parties:

1. THIS COURT ORDERS that a meeting of the General Assembly of the Metis National Council Secretariat Inc. be held in Ottawa, Ontario on October 13-14, 2007, for the purpose of electing a President of the MNC (the "General Assembly").

2. THIS COURT FURTHER ORDERS that the items on the Agenda of the General Assembly shall be only those items appearing on Schedule "A" attached hereto, except either the President-elect or Dale LeClair giving the Update on the Metis National Council and the Plaintiffs and Defendants shall each select a co-Chair for the General Assembly, and only such incidental business as may be associated therewith.

3. THIS COURT FURTHER ORDERS that notice of the General Assembly, and the General Assembly itself, be held in accordance with the provisions of the By-Laws of the MNC, save and except as may be expressly modified herein, and, in particular, save and except that the Chief Administrative Officer of the MNC, Dale LeClair ("LeClair"), shall Chair the General Assembly and perform any functions as required of a Chair by the By-Laws for the porpose of that General Assembly until a new President is elected, at which time the President Elect will be the Chair.

4. THIS COURT FURTHER ORDERS that the number of voting delegates from each provincial delegation representing the Members of the MNC at the General Assembly shall be 15 elected provincial voting delegates in the case of each of the Founding Members of the MNC and 5 elected provincial voting delegates from each of the other Members of the MNC in accordance with the By-Laws.

5. THIS COURT ORDERS AND DECLARES, as the Parties do not agree on the current status of the Presidency, no one shall perform the role and Office of the President of the MNC and there shall be no meeting of, or business of the MNC conducted by, the Board of Governors or the Cabinet of the MNC until the new President of the MNC has been elected at the General Assembly.

6. THIS COURT FURTHER ORDERS AND DECLARES that LeClair shall run the day-to-day affairs of the MNC, and that he is only to conduct the day-to-day operations of the MNC under the powers granted by this Order only as the need arises. If LeClair requires the advice of any member of the Board of Governors or Cabinet of the MNC for this limited purpose, the request for advice and the response shall be in writing and shall be immediately provided to each of the parties to this proceeding.

7. THIS COURT FURTHER DECLARES that this Order is for the purpose of effecting a remedy that has arisen as a result of certain temporary exigencies, and nothing in this Order shall be construed as amending the By-Laws of the MNC, amending the contract of any empolyee, agent, officer or governor of the MNC, or reflecting the past or proper practices of the MNC.

8. THIS COURT FURTHER DECLARES that the President of the MNC elected at the General Assembly shall hold office in accordance with the BY-Laws of the MNC thereafter. The provisions of this Order expire upon the newly elected President of the MNC taking office at or forthwith after the General Assembly.

9. THIS COURT FURTHER ORDERS that the granting of this Order is without prejudice to the rights of all parties in this proceeding to claim costs of this proceeding and this motion and other relief as may be appropriate at a later date.

P. Cosgrove


Schedule "A"


OCTOBER 13th & 14th 2007



5:00 p.m. Registration Begins

7:30 p.m. Reception


9:00 a.m. Welcoming Comments from Chair

  • Dale LeClair, MNC Chief Administrative Officer

9:15 a.m. Roll Call of Assembly Delegates

  • Approval of Agenda
  • Appointment of Elections Committee and Resolutions Committee

9:45 Update on Metis Nation Council

  • Bruce Dumont

10:15 a.m. Health Break

10:30 a.m. Review and Approval of Minutes from Last General Assembly

10:45 a.m. Finance and Administration Report and Appointment of Auditor

  • Dale LeClair, MNC Chief Administrative Officer
  • Bernie Shore, Auditor

11:15 a.m. Overview of Elections Process and Voting

  • Nomination of Candidates
  • Candidates Speeches (Maximum 15 minutes for Each Canadidate)

12:00 p.m. Voting Over Lunch

1:30 p.m. Announcement of Election Results and Acceptance Speech by Metis National Council President Elect

2:00 p.m. Updates from Governing Members

  • Metis Nation of Ontario
  • Manitoba Metis Federation
  • Metis Nation - Saskatchewan
  • Metis Nation of Alberta
  • Metis Nation British Columbia

3:00 p.m. Health Break

3:15 p.m. Presentation by Metis National Youth Advisory Council

  • Presentation by Women of the Metis Nation

4:00 p.m. Meeting Adjourns

6:00 p.m. Redeption and Banquet


9:00 a.m. Workshop on Relationship with Federal Government, Powley Implementation and Update on Metis Litigation

9:30 a.m. Questions, Discussion and Developing Strategies

10:00 a.m. Appointment of auditor

10:15 Health Break

10:30 Resolutions

11:30 Closing Comment from National President

11:45 a.m. Meeting Adjourns and Closing Prayer


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is it that Bernie Shore is their accountant seems pretty fishy to me!

8:06 AM  

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