John Hennessey represents Abegweit Band in Canada's Federal Court
February 4, 2016
McInnes Cooper lawyer John Hennessey, along with Don MacKenzie, executive director of the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, will represent the Abegweit First Nation Band Council as they take to court to shed light on voting practices among the native community.
The Abegweit First Nation Band Council has applied to Canada’s Federal Court for a decision on whether band members who live off-reserve should be allowed to vote in council elections. Currently under the law, off reserve members cannot vote in the elections for the Chief and Council of the Abegweit First Nation Band. The Band Council seeks to answer if these rules are counter to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms under Section 15(1). The Abegweit Band hopes to have an answer from the court later this year.
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