Appeal of native ruling likely, Ottawa says

Posted: June 19, 2007 in Appeasement & Cowardice, BC, Natives

OTTAWA — Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice said his government will likely appeal a major court ruling that would expand the number of aboriginals qualifying for services by hundreds of thousands.

“I expect that the decision will be appealed, although that decision has not yet been made,” Mr. Prentice said. “The [B.C. Supreme Court] decision is a significant one and it is reasonable to expect that the final decision will have to be made at a higher appellate level.”

The appeal would come in spite of recently released internal documents showing Ottawa has been fighting the issue in court fully expecting to lose.

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