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A former federal justice minister will oversee the election of the embattled Manitoba Islamic Association, court heard Wednesday.
After two years of leadership infighting, 29 members of the Manitoba Islamic Association and its board went to court to ask a judge to appoint an election overseer. They said they didn't trust the president of the association, Dr. Naseer Warraich, to make sure the election is fair.
Lawyers for both sides Wednesday said they agreed to have Otto Lang supervise the voting for the November election.
Warraich was not in court Wednesday. He is running in another election -- as the provincial Conservative candidate in Concordia.
In an affidavit filed earlier, an executive member of the Manitoba Islamic Association said there is concern Warraich won't honour some membership applications if he is running for board re-election in November.
Under Warraich's leadership, the Islamic association's administration has changed three times in the past two years. This spring, he filed lawsuits against a dozen board members claiming they'd defamed his reputation.
It's not the first time Warraich has felt he was the victim of persecution.
When he was censured by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba for professional misconduct in 2006, he said he was being singled out because of his ethnicity.
"They are trying to make an example out of me because I'm foreign-trained and Oriental," Warraich said in an interview at the time.
His licence was suspended for two months and he had to pay $16,631 in costs after signing off on Internet pharmacy prescriptions for patients he never saw. Warraich told the college's investigator in July 2003 that he had only dealt with three pharmacies and countersigned fewer than 100 prescriptions. In fact, between April 2002 and February 2003, he worked with 20 pharmacies and counter-signed thousands of prescriptions, the college's report said.
"As soon as a I have a chance to leave Manitoba, I will," he said in a 2006 interview with the Free Press at his home.
"It is not friendly," he said, complaining about a province that allowed Internet pharmacies to open up but then cracked down on physicians who get involved with them.
"There is hypocrisy when one arm does one thing, and one does another," he said at the time.
After 20 years of reporting on the growing diversity of people calling Manitoba home, Carol moved to the legislature bureau in early 2020.