By James Hopkin
APTN National News
A Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq chief ousted by Indian Affairs over findings of corruption in the election that put him in office says the department is trying to cover up its own misdeeds.
Former Indian Brook chief Jerry Sack was ousted along with his council after a departmental investigation into the 2009 band election found evidence of corrupt practices.
The investigation found that at least four mail-in ballots were fraudulent.
Sack, however, says everything went fine with the election and it was the department that made the mistakes.
“I believe there was sloppy work on (the investigator’s) behalf. There were a number of (department) employees present at our elections and everything went okay,” he said. “It’s a joke, really. Four ballots come on…and it’s costing us thousands of dollars. Not us, it’s the taxpayers’ dollars.”
Sack said supports work to reform the on-reserve electoral system.
Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan announced last week that the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs would be leading consultations on reforming the electoral system.