TORONTO– Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on the Métis of Manitoba:
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling provides much-needed clarity around this longstanding issue of land claims for the Métis of Manitoba.
After decades in the courts and millions of dollars spent, now is the time for respectful negotiations and agreement between the parties. This ruling makes clear that the Conservative government has a legal obligation to negotiate in good faith with the Métis of Manitoba, in order to reach a fair and equitable resolution to this issue.
The Liberal Party of Canada is calling on this government to act responsibly and without delay to achieve needed reconciliation with the Métis of Manitoba.”
Liberal Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development critic, Dr. Carolyn Bennett, continued:
“Liberals believe that negotiation and nation-to-nation cooperation must be the basis for moving forward on issues, including land claims and Treaty implementation.
The Conservatives, unfortunately, have a very poor track record when it comes to resolving issues with Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples. It is our sincere hope that after today, they have seen the error in their adversarial approach and will now collaborate in good faith with the Métis.
This is an opportunity for the federal government to achieve necessary reconciliation on this longstanding issue, and we will be monitoring closely how they proceed.”