Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Blake Suspended and Possibly Removed from Office Following Hearing

A disciplinary committee has suspended Upper Lake Melville Ordinary Member Max Blake following a hearing last week.

Patricia Ford is the Speaker of the Nunatsiavut Assembly.

She says the committee has decided to suspend Blake following his hearing on July 22.

The committee decided that Blake had broken the Nunatsiavut Government’s code of conduct on two separate occasions.

According to the committee, Blake had lacked the integrity under section 2.2 of the code regarding an incident on the evening of June 3, 2010.

That incident had taken place at the Atsanik Lodge.

The committee had also found that Blake had treated constituents with abuse and disrespect, breaking section 2.6 of the code of conduct.

The committee has decided that Blake will be suspended for three months without pay for his actions.

That suspension is effective immediately.

In a separate incident on June, 4, it was determined that Blake was guilty again of serious misconduct by making disparaging comment against Inuit women and Inuit in general.

The committee is asking that Blake be removed from office for this incident.

In order to be removed from office, the Nunatsiavut Assembly would need to vote 60 percent in favor of his removal.

The next Assembly Sitting is scheduled for September.

There was also some confusion about the way the zero tolerance rule was stated.

Ford says Blake did not actually breach the rule.

Elected members are permitted to drink during their off-time.

The Nunatsiavut assembly will be visiting the zero tolerance rule in the future to make the appropriate clarifications.


  1. So if he did not break the zero tolorance rule I dont get why he was removed. I know max and he does not disrespect the Iniut. Give the man a break, he is suspended thats punishment enough. What about second chances! I dont think he should be removed I say hw will have learned a very hard lession by all of this. His name is was slandered and he is paying the price for that.

  2. He is not being removed for comsuming alcohol on his personal time while in Nain for government business, but for the negative comments made about Inuit people, and specifically Inuit women. Comments that could be discrimitory or rasist.

    As an elected offical for the Inuit government, all of a persons actions, in meetings or otherwise fall within their code of conduct.

  3. I know how Max has behaved towards women in the past, belittling women seemed to be a Modus operandi when Max was in Nain and at the Atsanik and other venues on the coast.
    In that light it came as no surprise that this happened one bit.

    Maybe he has an issue with alcohol and needs counseling.

    Four people filed complaints in the case, how is that slandering, seems more like Max and his supporters are the ones doing the slandering and blame game, blame everybody except Max.

  4. he either broke the code of conduct rules or did,'t. Which is it? Very simple, if he did, follow the disciplinary rules set out by the government