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Prince Albert Grand Council vice chief Brian Hardlotte was elected to his second third-year term on Tuesday, beating out newcomer Christopher Jobb by 19 votes.
Although his bid for a Prince Albert Grand Council vice chief position was met with defeat on Tuesday, Christopher Jobb feels like a winner.
“It’s been a good experience -- a good journey,” he said by phone on Tuesday evening. “I thank God for everything that has happened in my journey.
“I made a lot of great friends, I gained a lot of experience and knowledge through our elders and also other chiefs and councils in other communities, and most of all, I made friends.”
Incumbent Brian Hardlotte clinched the election with 123 votes to Jobb’s 104.
“Good luck to … Hardlotte,” Jobb said. “I feel happy for him. I’m grateful that I have run with a man of honour. I look up to him in a lot of ways, and today it’s not a loss, it was a gain of knowledge and experience.”
Jobb said that he’s uncertain as to whether he’ll run for the vice chief position again, but he hasn’t ruled out the possibility.
“I’ve got to seek more advice from my elders and my fellow colleagues and we’ll move forward on that,” he said. “I’ve got to ask the creator where he wants to take me from here on my journey.”
Although the Daily Herald was unable to contact Hardlotte after Tuesday’s election results were announced, he outlined his goals during an interview conducted earlier this month.
At the time, he said that the key goal for his second term was to help cast treaty rights as front and centre as a Prince Albert Grand Council priority.
“We’re the watchdogs -- the Prince Albert Grand Council. If there are any threats to those treaty rights -- those inherent rights,” he said at the time.
I feel happy for him. I’m grateful that I have run with a man of honour. I look up to him in a lot of ways, and today it’s not a loss, it was a gain of knowledge and experience. Christopher Jobb
One of his and Grand Chief Ron Michel’s current criticisms is with the federally proposed First Nations Education Act, which they believe goes against First Nations’ right to self-governed education.
“The main issue in the last two years has been the government with their plan to legislate our treaty right to education, and we say ‘our’ treaty rights -- it’s our inherent right,” Hardlotte said earlier this month. “Our treaty right should not be legislated -- that’s not where it belongs.”
Another treaty right that Hardlotte said isn’t being met is the right to free education, with First Nations people paying for prescription pills and other medical expenses.
Other priorities of Hardlotte’s for the next three years include continued work on the Women’s Commission, sports and recreation and the blanket idea of unity among the Prince Albert Grand Council’s 12 member bands.
“I respect this position,” he told the Herald in earl October. “When you’re dealing with 38,000 people … it’s a tough job. You’ve really got to be in it, and put your heart into it if you’re going to serve the people.”