Manitoba Metis Leader Hoping To Help End Squabble

Wednesday, February 07, 2007 at 13:30



The president of the Manitoba Metis Federation will soon be shifting his attention to Saskatchewan.


David Chartrand says he has been asked by Metis National Council president Clem Chartier to help solve the current impasse between the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan and the federal and provincial governments.


Last week, both levels of government pulled out of the process to hold a new MNS election. They announced the move after getting a less-than-enthusiastic response from the PMC to an election proposal presented by an independent oversight committee.


Chartrand says he will try to get both the province and Ottawa back to the negotiating table, and will begin by making an appeal to federal Metis interlocutor Jim Prentice.


Chartrand says he knows the political dynamics of the situation are complex, but he will do his best to help end the stalemate.


He also says he will be watching to make sure money owed to Saskatchewan Metis is eventually delivered.