WINNIPEG – There’s a new mystery surrounding the resignation of Jeff Browaty as Winnipeg’s Police Board Chair.
Browaty quit yesterday, in the wake of controversy over him voting against city workers being educated on the impact of residential schools.
But we’re also learning about a face-to-face meeting between Browaty and the Board’s Indigenous Council recently.
Browaty has alleged the chair of that council, Shauna Fontaine, suggested the laws that the rest of us must follow aren’t the laws of indigenous people.
But Fontaine says he’s twisting her words.
“We were talking in a historical context. We were talking about the disproportionate number of indigenous peoples who are in conflict with the law at all three levels of the law within the criminal justice system.”
Fontaine adds that Browaty made hurtful comments in the meeting that show a clear bias against indigenous people.
“Unfortunately, the outcome of that just solidified his original position on educating city employees on residential schools.”
Browaty has not agreed to any interviews in the wake of this as he is in the US on business. Mayor Brian Bowman now must find a replacement.
“I want to speak directly to Councillor Browaty when he returns from the US next week, to sit down and just ask him, “How could you lose the entire support of your entire board?” I mean, that’s never happened before.”
Bowman adds that a replacement will not be made any time soon.