SASKATOON — A former Saskatchewan MP appears to be heading to trial for allegedly driving drunk. Jim Pankiw was charged following an incident in July 2011.

As in several previous court dates on the matter, Pankiw did not appear, so his lawyer entered a not guilty plea to impaired driving for him.

Pankiw represented Saskatoon-Humboldt from 1997 and 2004, first for the now-defunct Reform Party, then for the Canadian Alliance, then with the Democratic Representative Caucus, and finally as an Independent.

He came under fire when he sent out sent taxpayer-funded brochures claiming aboriginals were behind higher crime rates, blackmail, and terrorism.

Pankiw also made headlines for likening an aboriginal headdress to a Ku Klux Klan hood.
Pankiw’s next court date is Nov. 5 in Saskatoon provincial court.

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