Canada's new government congratulates the Metis Nation - Saskatchewan on completion of fair and democratic election



    OTTAWA, June 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of
Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and
Non-Status Indians today congratulated the Métis Nation - Saskatchewan (MNS)
community on a fair and democratic election on June 27, 2007.
    Unofficial results show that Robert Doucette was elected president of the
Metis Nation - Saskatchewan and will lead the executive provincial governing
body.
    "Canada's New Government is pleased to have partnered with the government
of Saskatchewan in supporting the work of the Independent Oversight Committee
and the Chief Electoral Officer to deliver a fair and democratic election for
the citizens of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan. We look forward to working
with the new leaders", said Minister Prentice.
    The 2007 MNS election took place following the efforts and help of a
number of parties, including the federal and provincial governments; the Métis
Electoral Consultation Panel, appointed by the Province of Saskatchewan and;
the Independent Oversight Committee and Chief Electoral Officer appointed by
the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan.
    These fair and democratic elections were crucial in restoring the
confidence of the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan so that a stable
relationship could be established with the Métis Nation - Saskatchewan.
    Upon confirmation of the election results from the Chief Electoral
Officer, the Government of Canada will meet with the new leadership to begin
discussions on renewing relations.

    This release is also available on the Internet at www.inac.gc.ca .

    Full details of the electoral process can be viewed at :
    www.metiselectionsk.ca




For further information:

For further information: Deirdra McCracken, Press Secretary, Office of
the Honourable Jim Prentice, (819) 997-0002; Media Relations, Indian and
Northern Affairs Canada, (819) 953-1160

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