Guilty Plea In MNS Election Scandal

Friday, March 03, 2006 at 15:12



A man accused of helping to fix the 2004 Metis Nation of Saskatchewan election has pleaded guilty to a charge of forgery.


Vince Bugler made the guilty plea on Wednesday, by phone, in North Battleford Provincial Court.


Bugler is to be sentenced on March 16th in North Battleford.


The man the MNS says was the runner-up in the vote for president in the election notes Bugler helped oversee the ballot box in Wilkie.


Robert Doucette says that box had 132 ballots — and all of them went to dispute MNS president Dwayne Roth.


Doucette says now that there has been an admission of guilt by one of the people charged in the affair, it’s time the MNS admit Roth was not the legitimate winner.


Doucette says the disputed MNS leadership should allow grassroots Metis to decide the future of the organization through an annual general meeting.


Eight other people are facing charges in connection to the controversial Metis election, including former MNS provincial secretary Ralph Kennedy and former MNS area director Henry Cummings.