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Dean Skoreyko ‏@bcbluecon



Metis National Council paying inflated rent for office from numbered company owned by Manitoba Metis Federation

OTTAWA - The Metis National Council is paying a numbered company owned by its Manitoba affiliate "more than it should" to rent office space, the federal government was told in a draft of an audit conducted in 2012 .

The finding — which the council vehemently disputes — raises fresh questions about an organization that receives millions of dollars in federal funding.

It also comes to light at a time when federal officials in Ottawa are cautiously watching a court case unfold that could give the Metis a major stake in aboriginal politics.

The matter dates back to December 2011, when the council moved into a new office in downtown Ottawa.

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