Controversy is already surrounding the Metis By-Election being held on Saturday December 3, 2005, with voting from 12 noon until 8:00 pm. Lack of publicity seems to be the most common complaint. Most Metis find out about municipal, provincial and federal elections by convential media such as newspapers, radio and TV, yet none of these were recommended by the Electoral Committee.
There were nine local associations who did not have a Returning Officer, and therefore no Polling Station. These Metis people were to vote via an Advance Mail-In Poll but with the absence of regular media coverage many are unaware of the election. How can one exercise their inherent right to vote if they don?t know there is an election?
The Metis have a saying which is ?Proud To Be Metis.? Pride should also be taken in telling all Metis in BC that there is an election. This election involves positions of President and Vice-President.
For information check the MNBC website at www.mpcbc.bc.ca or call toll-free 1-800-940-1150.