Thursday, October 22, 2009

Is the MMF's constitution unconstitutional?

Good Day Readers:
As mandated in the Manitoba Metis Federation's constitution, it's next election must take place no later than rapidly approaching September of 2010. The MMF receives more than $25 million annually most from the federal government but some via a handful of provincial departments.
ARTICLE IX Qualification of Candidates of its Election By-Laws ratified at the 37th Annual Assembly held September 11, 2005 at Clause 1 Page 12 states:
"Only members of the MMF who are residents of Manitoba are entitled to stand for election."
Therefore, you must not only be of Metis heritage but also a member of the organization to stand for election.
Looking at the other side of the coin, is there a Canadian taxpayer financed corporation which says only non-Aboriginals can join and must be members to run for office?
Does the Federation's constitution violate The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on two levels:
(1) Only a person of Metis heritage can seek public office of a Canadian taxpayer financed corporation
(2) Said individual must also be a member
Any constitutional lawyers out there like to comment?
Clare L. Pieuk


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