Prentice launches probe into Métis development deal – Edmonton Journal

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Prentice launches probe into Métis development deal – Edmonton Journal

by pmnationtalk on January 29, 2015498 Views

January 28, 2015

EDMONTON – Premier Jim Prentice has ordered an investigation into allegations about an economic development agreement between three northern Alberta Métis settlements and an international timber-products firm.

Prentice appointed KPMG in November to investigate “more than one” formal complaint from Métis settlement members, Jessica Johnson, director of communications with the Aboriginal Relations ministry, said Wednesday.

The complaints allege three settlement councils breached the Métis Settlements Act and council policy by signing a joint-venture agreement last year with Active Energy Group, Johnson said via email. She said she couldn’t provide the names of those who complained.

Their allegations focus on issues such as failing to consult the membership and the agreement’s duration — a possible 197 years, Johnson said.

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