The Manitoba Metis Federation is making good on its promise to take the province to court.
On Monday morning, MMF president David Chartrand announced the first hearing would take place on June 25.
“I did not want to go here,” he said. “But I said I will go. If you push our people, if you try to disrespect our people, if you try to exclude our people and you try to punish our people, the Metis nation will come at you with everything we’ve got.”
The legal action comes after the province instructed Manitoba Hydro to reverse its agreement with the MMF, which would have seen the federation paid $67 million to smooth the way for future Hydro projects across the province.
Chartrand said the agreement was legally binding, and for the province to turn away from it violates the 2014 Turning the Page Agreement.
“In their haste, or as I’ve said previously, writing this down on the back of a napkin, they didn’t actually read the Crown Corporations and Governance Act,” lawyer Jason Madden said.
The MMF hopes to get Premier Pallister and Crown Services Minister Cliff Cullen on the stand when the case goes to court, but the government has not yet responded to the federation’s announcement.