Judge reinstates Alta. band councillor
A Fort MacKay band councillor has won a battle with his colleagues who want him removed from council.
Mike Orr appealed to federal court after he was barred from attending council meetings at the northern Alberta first nation.
In court documents, Mike Orr states he and another councillor asked for a financial review of the band’s companies after hearing about an alleged $250,000 bonus given to a band employee.
He has not been paid since November and council planned a community vote next week to remove him permanently.
A judge ruled in his favor Thursday.
The fight may not be over, said Orr.
"I"m the voice of the people here and the way I've been treated is disrespecting the people of this community of this reservation," Orr said. "There's no room for what's happened."
A second councillor barred from council meetings resigned her position in December.
The chief and other Fort MacKay band councillors were unavailable for comment.Fort McKay is 60 kilometers north of Fort McMurray and is on the edge of northern Alberta's oilsands developments.