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Liberal Government Flip-Flops Again, Announces It Will Keep Fighting First Nations Children In Court

Observers say the latest move is 'cynical' and 'suspicious.'

The federal Liberal government says it plans to keep fighting a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of First Nations children after saying it would do the exact opposite only two months ago.

As reported by APTN News, the federal government announced in November 2019 it intended to settle the class-action lawsuit — the same day it unsuccessfully sought to halt a human rights tribunal decision ordering compensation for First Nations children placed in underfunded child-welfare systems.

A government statement read:

“The class action model is designed to give individuals the chance to have their interests represented, to address the interests of all impacted individuals and to allow parties to arrive at an appropriate resolution of past harms.”

In other words, the federal government has flip-flopped on that promise, and will fight the group’s class-action certification attempt.

Why is this significant?

According to APTN, David Sterns, one of the lawyers representing the class-action group, said the federal government’s move could delay the scheduled court date for hearing the arguments over class-action certification:

“We’re getting close to when we would need to push back the date in September and we’re not prepared to do that. We made it clear to them they need to fish or cut bait by a certain period and if they didn’t we were pushing ahead, so they knew that date was coming and they let it go by.”

NDP MP Charlie Angus called the timing of the Liberal government’s flip flop a “cynical ploy”:

“They were trying to manipulate the Federal Court into thinking that maybe there was another process that they could go to, but they had no intention of letting that other process happen. That’s what’s become clear.”

Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, said the latest move makes the previous announcement about trying to work towards class-action settlement look “suspicious.”

[APTN News]


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