Two Northerners Running for MNS Presidency

Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 13:37



Three men are running for the presidency of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan — including two from northern Saskatchewan.


The organization will hold its elections on May 26th and yesterday was the deadline for nominations.


Former Metis Elections Commission legal counsel Dwayne “Trudeau” Roth (originally from Buffalo Narrows), MNS area director Alex Maurice of Beauval and former MNS vice-presidential candidate Robert Doucette are all running for the top job.


Interim president Lorna Docken will not be running in next month’s election.


She took over from Clem Chartier in January after Chartier jumped to the Metis National Council, but Docken says it’s time for her to concentrate on her law degree.


Meantime, four candidates are running for MNS vice president — Guy Bouvier, Angus McKay, Bob McLeod and Randy Morin.


The MNS Provincial Treasurer position will be contested by 5 candidates — Shirley Arcand, Gabriel Lafond, Ray Laliberte, Allan Merasty and Morley Norton.


There are also 5 people running for provincial secretary at the MNS — May Henderson, Ralph Kennedy, Rodney Laliberte, Tammy Mah and Leonard McCallum.


Meanwhile, a couple of area directors in northern Saskatchewan are already in by acclamation — Al Rivard in Northern Region I and Dale McAuley in Eastern Region I.


In Northern Region II, it’s a 3-way race between incumbent Philip Chartier and challengers Leonard Montgrand and Gerald Reagan. Chartier took over last year from former area director Norman Hansen.


As for Northern Region III, the list of candidates looking to replace Maurice as area director includes Randy Belanger, Don Favel, Allen Morin (not to be confused with former MNS treasurer Allan Morin) and George Smith.