A local Metis leader’s bid to become the next president of the Metis Nation of Alberta has come to an end.
Unofficial results from Tuesday night’s election for the Association show that incumbent Audrey Poitras has retained her role.
Fort McKay Metis President Ron Quintal Mix News despite the loss – he’s happy to see so that there will be a lot of new faces on the provincial council.
“I am optimistic in terms of who got in and I am open to working with anyone on provincial council. From my perspective, I am pleased with the changes that took place. Again, my door is always open, and I am more than willing to work with whoever is looking to move the Metis people forward.”
Quintal decided to run in July after he and other communities were growing weary with the MNA’s interference on certain matters.
He still plans to proceed with the McKay Metis injunction that would stop the MNA from consulting on the behalf them.
“For me, win or lose in this election, I’d be following through with the court case. Just so that no matter who’s in power within the Metis Nation of Alberta, we have case law that shows it’s the community’s first right of refusal when it comes to consultation.”
Quintal adds if he could’ve done anything differently, it would be to start his campaign sooner to give himself more time to get his name out there.
He says with the election behind him, he can now shift focus back to his own community.