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MMF Back in Court Challenging Pallister Government’s Unlawful and Unconstitutional Actions
Winnipeg, MB – On Friday, April 12, 2019, the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is back in court to hold the Pallister government accountable and ensure the truth finally comes out about how the current provincial government is effectively using bullying tactics and its newly claimed legislative powers to direct Manitoba’s independent Crown corporations. Manitoba is seeking to strike parts of the affidavit of MMF President David Chartrand in the MMF’s judicial review against the Pallister government’s unlawful and unconstitutional actions.
In June 2018, the MMF filed a judicial review after the March 21, 2018, decision of the Pallister government to direct Manitoba Hydro to not proceed with a $67.5-million agreement that had been reached between MMF and Manitoba Hydro under the 2014 Turning the Page Agreement. These actions followed the unprecedented resignations of nine of the ten members of Manitoba Hydro’s board and targeted the Manitoba Métis Community. The Pallister government relied on the untested and new “directive” power in the Crown Corporation Governance and Accountability Act (the “CCGAA”), which it argues gives it omnipotent power and control over any matter of policy over all of Manitoba’s Crown corporations.
Notably, last month, Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) sought a legal opinion after the Pallister government also tried to interfere with MPI’s modernization plans. With regard to the MMF’s agreement with Hydro, the MMF is asking the court to consider the extent of the Pallister government’s directive powers, arguing that the government misused its “directive” power and that the government unlawfully targeted the MMF.
In addition, the MMF is arguing that the Pallister government’s unilateral actions breached the honour of the Crown and the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate. “The Pallister government’s decision has created uncertainty and costs for Manitobans. This will unquestionably delay Manitoba Hydro’s projects, including the Manitoba–Minnesota Transmission Project (MMTP),” said President David Chartrand. “Not only is the Pallister government attempting to trample on our constitutionally protected rights, it is attempting to undermine a Crown corporation. The Métis People and all Manitobans will not be fooled by these tactics.
“This case is about the honour of the Crown and the extent of Manitoba’s directive powers. The Pallister government can’t, on a whim, decide to rip up agreements and bully the boards of Crown corporations,” noted Chartrand. “There are limits to the power of governments for good reason. We live in a democracy, not a dictatorship. This is about public trust and the common good.”
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The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Métis Nation’s Manitoba Métis Community. The Manitoba Métis are Canada’s Negotiating Partner in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.
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