Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Discipline Committee to Investiage Blake Allegations

The Nunatsiavut Government has appointed a discipline committee to investigate the complaints made against Upper Lake Melville Ordinary Member Max Blake.

OKalaKatiget Radio broke the news of the alleged misconduct of the Ordinary Member in Nain in early June.

Allegedly, Blake had been intoxicated and acting in a manner unbecoming of an ordinary member.

Blake had been in Nain on Nunatsiavut business attending the Tukisinnik Conference.

The Nunatsiavut code of conduct states that an ordinary member must not consume alcohol while conducting Nunatsiavut business.

The Nunatsiavut Government had received four formal complaints regarding the alleged misconduct of the member.

According to a press release from the Nunatsiavut Government, the discipline committee was appointed on June 24.

The committee consists of the Speaker of the House, The Minister of Education and Economic Development and the Chair of the Sivunivut Inuit Community Corporation.

That committee will hold a formal hearing with Blake on July 22.

Disciplinary decisions the committee can decide upon include being reprimanded, suspended and even being removed from office.

In order to be removed from office, the decision must be supported by two-thirds of the Nunatsiavut Assembly.

The complainants in the matter will be notified of the committee’s decision.

Once the complainants are notified, the decision will be made public.

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