Lafond Pledges More Scrutiny of MNS Affiliates

Friday, May 21, 2004 at 13:23



A candidate for provincial treasurer in next week’s Metis Nation of Saskatchewan election says accountability is the major plank in his platform.


Gabe Lafond says his decision to run for treasurer was fueled mainly by the financial challenges at some MNS affiliates over the last few years — in particular, the scandals at METSI and MACSI.


Lafond says, if elected, he will introduce legislation at the Metis Nation Legislative Assembly that will give the treasurer access to all the financial records of MNS affiliates.


He says this will give the MNS executive more ability to crack down on wayward affiliates and establish tighter financial controls.


Lafond says there needs to be greater accountability throughout the organization if the Metis are to take full advantage of last year’s Powley decision.


Lafond is running on a slate of candidates that includes presidential candidate Robert Doucette, vice president candidate Bob McLeod and provincial secretary candidate May Henderson.


He’s running against Shirley Arcand, Ray Laliberte and Allan Merasty.