Métis Nation Welcomes Appointment of Michael Bryant as Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs



    TORONTO, Oct. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Métis Nation of Ontario welcomes the
news that Michael Bryant will be appointed Ontario's first stand-alone
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. The confirmation of this appointment is
expected at the Swearing-In of the new Ontario Cabinet this afternoon in
Toronto.
    "I consider this appointment a exceptional move on the part of Premier
Dalton McGuinty," said Métis Nation of Ontario President, Tony Belcourt. "Mr.
Bryant is exactly the kind of person we hoped would be appointed to this
position - a person who knows our issues, who is sensitive to them and who has
the kind of political currency needed in order to advance our issues at the
Cabinet table."
    "We also commend Premier McGuinty for his insight and leadership in
taking this bold step to appoint a stand-alone Minister for Aboriginal
Affairs. We are confident of the benefits this will bring to all of Ontario,
not just Aboriginal peoples," added Belcourt. "We see this development as a
shining example for all governments, in how to take a positive and proactive
approach to Aboriginal issues, so that our work is focused on cooperative
approaches, rather than those which are confrontational. We are very
optimistic for the future."




For further information:

For further information: see the MNO website at: www.metisnation.org Or
Contact: Chelsey Quirk, Communications Assistant, Work: (613) 798-1488 Ext.
104, Cell: (613) 299-6085, Email: chelseyq@metisnation.org


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