Thursday, April 29, 2010

For the record!

Good Day Readers:

The following letter was sent to Chief Electoral Officer Alvin Zivot. He did not reply. Notice the lack of an e-mail address to contact the Office of the CEO still remains.

Clare L. Pieuk
Tuesday June 6, 2006

Mr. Alvin Zivot, Q.C.
Chief Electoral Officer
Office of the Chief Electoral Officer
P.O. Box 225 RPO Corydon
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 3S7
Phone: 896-4141
Toll Free: 1-866-841-7788

Dear Mr. Zivot:

I am writing to express increasing concern regarding the operations of the Chief Electoral Office. These are listed below:

(1) Lack of an e-mail address which would facilitate communication between you, your staff and the Metis electorate especially those living outside the greater Winnipeg area

(2) No website dedicated to answering questions and disseminating information about the upcoming election

(3) An address for the Office of the Chief Electoral Office which is physically separate, distinct and independent from the Manitoba Metis Federation headquarters operations. Further, if a time sensitive document requiring proof of receipt must be delivered it can only be done using less efficient surface mail

(4) Comment which has started appearing on the internet suggesting consideration is being given to MMF employees in some cases being used as scrutineers on election day

(5) Particularly troubling is a report which appeared on yesterday (“CEO Employees Have Close Ties To MMF President Chartrand”) alleging at least three Federation employees selected by a senior Manitoba Metis Federation official are currently working in your Office

(6) An ambiguously stated Notice of Election published in the Winnipeg Free Press April 30, 2006 which caused considerable confusion and misinterpretation regarding the deadline for challenging a candidate’s legitimacy. As a result you were able to summarily dismiss the challenge of David Charette regarding the candidacy of David Chartrand which appeared to have considerable substantive merit

(7) What appeared to be a forged document entered in support of a challenge to the validity of Allan Fourre’s candidacy in The Pas Region. Although the applicant was over ruled, there is no evidence the flawed material was identified or an investigation initiated by The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer

Might I remind you, Sir, the last MMF election was filled with controversy, allegations of impropriety and irregularities which ultimately lead to a court challenge. We have only to look at the recent Metis Nation of Saskatchewan experience to see what can happen if electoral procedures are not closely monitored and respected.

We look forward to a prompt and meaningful response to each of the issues raised in this letter.

Clare L. Pieuk
2-371 Des Meurons Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2H 2N6
Telephone: (204) 237-7063

cc: (Via E-mail)

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada

The Honourable Jim Prentice
Minister, Indian Affairs And Northern Development Canada
Federal Interlocutor For Metis And Non Status Indians

Mr. Rod Bruinooge
Member of Parliament, Winnipeg South
Parliamentary Secretary to Minister Indian Affairs And Northern Development Canada


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where do I sign? You got my vote...

5:35 AM  

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