Voter wants to hear from federal candidates

by Phil Ambroziak The 42nd Canadian general election is only weeks away and some people still don’t know who they’re going to vote for. At least that’s how RM of Meadow Lake resident Jim Wolffe feels considering the shortage of all candidates forums scheduled throughout the Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River riding. While Missinippi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has … Continue reading

Liberal leader visits North

by Derek Cornet Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau broke the ice with residents of La Ronge and Meadow Lake Aug. 12 during his first campaign stop in Saskatchewan. Trudeau – along with Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River Liberal candidate Lawrence Joseph – began his visit of La Ronge in the early afternoon with a tour of wildfire-affected areas … Continue reading

Unconditional – MP recalls his early understanding of the Indian Act

by Derek Cornet Nine years after three British colonies merged to become the Dominion of Canada, the Indian Act was drawn up to guide the newly formed government’s relationship with First Nation communities across the land. Arguably one of the country’s most controversial acts, amendments have been made to it for more than 100 years … Continue reading

Unconditional II – MP’s private members bill becomes law

by Derek Cornet First Nations have a special relationship with the federal government because of the Indian Act. The Act legislatively made First Nations people wards of the Canadian state, which gave parliament the power to draft laws that effected their day-to-day lives. The following is the second part of a four part series focusing … Continue reading

Unconditional III – Northern leaders find issues with MP’s bill

by Derek Cornet Four months before Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River MP Rob Clarke introduced Bill C-428 in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told those gathered at a special Crown-First Nations meeting in Ottawa there could be room for modernization of the Indian Act. Eleven months later, Idle No More erupted across the nation reminding … Continue reading

Unconditional IV – Bill C-428 seen as one for all, all for one

by Derek Cornet Points of view clash in this final installment of a four-part series focusing on Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River MP Rob Clarke’s private member’s bill. Critics bring Clarke’s intent and motive for the bill to the foreground and question whether Bill C-428 serves the people or serves the MP. “It was created even before we … Continue reading

MP recounts terror attack

by Phil Ambroziak As a retired RCMP member, it was only natural for Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River MP Rob Clarke to follow his instincts and to take action recently to ensure the safety and security of both himself and his peers. Clarke was at Parliament Hill shortly before 10 a.m. eastern time Oct. 22 when Cpl. Nathan … Continue reading

Clarke announces bid for re-election

by Phil Ambroziak It may be more than a year away, but it’s never too early to prepare for a federal election. Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River MP Rob Clarke is only one of several candidates throughout Saskatchewan to announce plans to run in the October 2015 federal election. “I will be seeking re-election, but I’m still going … Continue reading

MP Clarke’s bill enters the Senate

by Derek Cornet Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River MP Rob Clarke’s private member’s bill passed its third reading in the House of Commons last week and is now set to be introduced to the Canadian Senate. Bill C-428 – also entitled “An Act to Amend the Indian Act and to Provide for Its Replacement” – is the name … Continue reading

$4.9 million for OSB mill

By Phil Ambroziak Embracing change and adapting with the times are two important elements of ongoing business success. That’s the message Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River MP Rob Clarke expressed last week when he announced $4.9 million in federal funding for Tolko Industries’ Meadow Lake OSB. The funding – which came through the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation … Continue reading