BC Metis Federation Statement Re Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Resignation

BC Metis Federation is not surprised about the resignation by the former Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Honourable John Duncan under new allegations. Federal Minister Duncan was ineffective as the Federal Minister to address over 40 direct requests in the last 18 months from BC Metis Federation. He refused to meet despite repeated requests to his office in Ottawa and his constituency office on Vancouver Island. Therefore it comes as no surprise and it appears he is being forced to resign because of an alleged lack of judgement by him advocating and using his role in a personal matter with Canada Revenue Agency.

Under his leadership there has been an overall increase in growing tensions in Canada with Aboriginal people. In fact the current overall frustration has reached levels not seen for decades. Regardless BC Metis Federation has filed a human rights complaint naming former Minister Duncan and we intend to hold him to account through due process.

BC Metis Federation anticipates that Prime Minister Harper will ensure the current relationship with Aboriginal people will not improve due to the manner in which the Federal Government continues their behaviors regardless of who serves as the future Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

BC Metis Federation wants Metis to remember this Minister also recently announced the appeal by the Federal Government of the landmark Daniels Case.

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5 Responses to BC Metis Federation Statement Re Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Resignation

  1. Metis February 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    There is no ethics starting from brazeau’s appointment. This is no surprise that use of office is rampant by the conservatives, time to elect the NDP federally. Flaherty after lobbying the CRTC kept his job.

    “In June of 2011 I wrote a character reference letter to the Tax Court of Canada on behalf of an individual to whom my constituency staff was providing casework assistance on a Canada Revenue Agency matter.

    Since when does an individual receive special government advocacy treatment by constituency staff? Sounds like friends in high places receive special treatment by the conservative government.


  2. Keith February 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    I agree Metis,

    Now compare to what BC Metis Federation just posted about MNBC President Dumont and his wife Joanne who accessed employment and training funds from Vancouver Island.

    The Federal Minister had to resign for what a situation which I believe it less damaging than what Bruce has, among other matters recently done.

    Think we will have Bruce resign next? Never as one must have honour and be able to be truthful first.

    I still have hope that we can make this a better world, one day at a time and one kind gesture at a time.

    Just a thought for the moment.

  3. Tim St. Denis February 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    It took John Duncan 19 long months to reach an epiphany that he should not be writing letters to judges. Could it be the slow talking and slow thinking Mr. Duncan was deemed inadequate for the now very demanding portfolio of Aboriginal Affairs? It seems Mr. Duncan was not given the wide swath of forgiveness given Mr. Jim Flaherty for a deed I would deem as similar.
    Aboriginal Affairs could likely be the least favorable portfolio especially with the Idle No More movement and the warmer months ahead.
    James Moore from Port Moody-Coquitlam has the interim job for now. As Minister of Heritage he was able to slash funding to many established organizations with little public repercussion. Perhaps his fast talking style will help him here.
    Any way we look at it we could see this change as a substantial victory for the Idle No More movement. IMO.

  4. Robin BCMF Member February 16, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    John Duncan was a colorful fellow as evidenced by a letter sent to Queen Elizabeth Oct 13, 2012, which is why I would suggest there is a lot more going on in the ports then the general public knows.

    If you believe for one moment that a large oil spill would be dealt with correctly you should go to this web site and read the evidence for yourselves .

    Idle no More needs this type of evidence to prove thier point & case.

    I was concerned that the reason for his resignation appeared odd considering all the crap this guy was involved with the letter to a Tax committee was nothing compared to the letter Captain E.G. da Costa Duarte sent to the Queen of England accusing Duncan of corruption, It is quite long (37 pages) but worth the read you can decide

    Cut, paste to your browers and enjoy


    nough said

  5. Richard Lucier-larson February 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    Tansi All;
    Both Duncan and his successor will have a little bit of a problem dealing with the new Native Youth have have resolve as demonstrated by the Cree Youth walking from Hudson Bay to Ottawa,
    Here is a link to keep track of them on their Journey http://nishiyuujourney.ca/

    I will assume the Media will discover them soon, I will eagerly watch for the reporters to try to interview them in the North at -35c

    Richard Lucier-larson

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