MNS Referendum Panned

Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 15:40



A series of referendum questions the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan is asking its members is drawing criticism.


One of the loudest critics is Alex Maurice, one of the men that ran against MNS president Dwayne Roth in last year’s disputed election.


Maurice doesn’t like the fact the MNS is asking four questions in its referendum, when he feels it should only be asking if Metis support a new election.


The referendum also asks if the MNS should abide by its constitution and if Metis believe the organization should run its affairs without government interference.


As well, it asks if the MNS should have a proper registry and training before proceeding with a new vote.


Members are being asked to mail in their responses on a form that’s being circulated through Metis locals.


Maurice says in order for the referendum to have credibility, it needs to be administered by a committee that represents all Metis — not just the MNS.