Since we broke the news of the recent allegations against Upper Lake Melville (ULM) Ordinary Member Max Blake, Nunatsiavut Beneficiaries have been speaking out.
Also caught in the crossfire is the other Ordinary Member from the region: Keith Russell.
We spoke with the Minster of Health and Social Development to address some of the comments that have been made.
Russell says that people have been taking his silence on the issue as a sign that he condones the allegations Blake is accused of.
He says that he hasn’t been addressing the issue because there is a process in place that the government follows.
Russell says the government isn’t commenting on the situation until that process is carried out.
In the past, Minister Russell has been known to be very vocal on various issues.
But he says now that he is a Minister he has to address matters in a different manner.
And he doesn't hold the same luxury as when he was just an ordinary member.
Russell adds that there have been requests for him to address certain allegations as he holds the portfolio for the status of women.
He says that he in no way condones any of the allegations that have been made recently.