MNO Anticipates Continuing Results-based Progress with Ontario Government

premier-electPremier-designate Wynne (left) with MNO
President Lipinski (centre) and MNO Chair
Picotte (right) at a meeting in 2012
(Ottawa – January 26, 2013) Today the Ontario Liberal Party selected Kathleen Wynne as its new Leader. “On behalf of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO),” stated MNO President Gary Lipinski, “I would like to congratulate Premier-designate Wynne and I look forward continuing to work with the Ontario government on our many areas of mutual interest.”

“The MNO built its positive relations with the government of Ontario under Premier McGuinty,” explained President Lipinski, “through the MNO-Ontario Framework Agreement, signed in 2008. It proved to be a solid foundation for cooperation between our two governments and resulted in the advancement of Métis rights as well as achievements in a whole range of other areas including education, health, jobs creation and economic development.”

“We enjoyed a strong working relationship with Premier-designate Wynne, both when she was Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and when she was Minister of Education,” stated President Lipinski. “Collectively, we were able to advance many important issues. We look forward to continuing that type of productive relationship, including building on the commitments in the MNO-Ontario Framework Agreement.”

“We are looking for Premier-designate Wynne to continue to work with us towards the objectives agreed upon in the MNO-Ontario Framework agreement,” stated President Lipinski. “Among our key priorities are insuring Métis children and youth have every opportunity available to be the best they can be. Ensuring our youth have the necessary tools to succeed is a win – win for both our governments and something we are deeply committed to.”

“We look forward to engaging with Premier-elect Wynne. I have confidence that by working together – we will continue to achieve positive results for Métis citizens, families and communities in Ontario,” concluded President Lipinski.