I haven't seen any media coverage of this yet, other than a brief mention on Canada AM of all places. But apparently, after the Manitoba Metis Federation endorsed the Liberals, they say Conservative MP Inky Mark sent them an e-mail warning the endorsement would "hurt (the) organization."
In a press release issued yesterday, MMF president David Chartrand quoted Mark as saying "taking sides will hurt you and your organization sooner or later."
Very distributing allegations, and I look forward to hearing what Mark has to say for himself, and what Stephen Harper has to say for him. And for those of you who say native groups shouldn't be endorsing political parties I seem to recall the Connies making quite a big deal about this endorsement from the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples.
Here's the MMF release:
Conservative MP Threatens Metis Nation - CPC MP Inky Mark says: “taking sides will hurt you and your organization sooner or later”
Tuesday, January 17 2006
For Immediate Release
January 17, 2006
WINNIPEG – In a recent email to Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand, Conservative MP for Dauphin-Swan River Inky Mark suggests that if a Conservative Party should form Government that the road ahead for the Metis People will be in jeopardy.
“Mr. Mark has indicated that our endorsement of the Liberal Platform will hurt our organization,” said President Chartrand. “That indicates a direct threat towards the MMF and the entire Metis Nation”.