POLITICS

Head of Saskatchewan Metis Nation wants electoral rules imposed on council

09/14/2012 10:52 EDT | Updated 11/14/2012 05:12 EST
SASKATOON - The newly re-elected president of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan wants to develop rules to force its politicians to show up at legislative assemblies.

Robert Doucette says Metis people are tired of those who refuse to show up.

Before the recent election, a group of MNS representatives opposed to Doucette refused to attend the meetings.

There was no quorum, therefore the meetings could not be held.

That very problem forced the election itself to be moved from May to September.

Doucette says something must be done.

“What many people were saying to me, just as an example, they were saying, ‘If someone misses three successive meetings and they are sitting on the provincial Metis council, there should be some process for recall,’ ” he said.

“We can’t have people boycotting our meetings. We need to put some rules and regulations, code of ethics, on how we govern ourselves at that level.”

However, Doucette says with some newly elected area representatives, he's looking forward to a more co-operative provincial Metis council.

(CKOM)