Michel Promises Accountability And Transparency

Monday, October 24, 2005 at 14:04



Newly-elected Prince Albert Grand Council chief Ron Michel says he is committed to maintaining the PAGC’s standard of transparent and accountable government.


Michel makes the statement in a news release issued late Friday afternoon.


However, the long-time chief of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation has yet to say what has come of an audit into missing PBCN Treaty Land Entitement money.


When questioned by reporters last week shortly after his election victory, Michel responded that he wanted to put the matter behind him.


The chairman of PBCN’s TLE trustees, Tom Bird, has also been quiet on that subject.


The audit was scheduled to be ready two months ago.


Earlier this year, it was revealed a $3.7-million band TLE account was emptied in a four-month period just prior to this spring’s PBCN election.


Most of the withdrawals were not authorized by the trustees.


Michel has admitted that he and several councillors had signing authority on that account.