To Orwell Today,

I liked your story on the Enoch First Nations and their Chief and Council's high salaries.

We have a similar situation in Cold Lake First Nations where Chief and Council are accused of living it up with no accountability. There was a sit-in on Sept. 6, 2010 to bring to light these concerns. The process is now bogged down in appeals and are pretty much at a stalemate. No one wants to talk. Chief and Council are advised by band lawyers not to talk but the people want answers.

Chief and Council were voted in in June, 2010 and a protest started on Sept. 6 to oust them out. I don't know which side now wants all eligible voters to be counted and that number is roughly 1,440. Last election there were only 400 eligible voters. Only 201 votes were needed to elect Chief and Council. A big difference in the actual eligible votes.

I am asking your organization to look into why there is so much secrecy going on at Cold Lake First Nations and why so many members are deliberately left out. I am also hoping someone will eventually leak out information to you for your story from within this band office.

-Marcel Muskego

Greetings Marcel,

Orwell described this scenario of politicians "living it up" in ANIMAL FARM and NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR. See PIGS AT THE TROUGH and 10.The Rulers.

It's great you're attempting to get some accountability from your particular politicians - and it will be interesting to learn how it turns out.

All the best,
Jackie Jura

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