President Chartier QC on behalf of the legal team representing the Métis National Council made oral argument as to why the MNC should be made a Party to the federal government’s appeal of the January 2013 federal court Daniels decision. The other two members of the legal team are Marc LeClair and Kathy Hodgson-Smith.
The MNC is particularly concerned that the Court of Appeal may uphold the definition of Métis set out by the trial judge and wants to ensure that the interests of the Métis Nation are safe-guarded against any ruling that may negatively affect the rights and interests of the Métis Nation and people in any way.
The best way to ensure that this does not happen, is to be added as a Party to the case, otherwise the voice of the Métis Nation will not be heard and taken into account in the pending decision of the Federal Court of Appeal, which is scheduled to hear the arguments on October 29-31, 2013.
As an alternative, if not granted Party status, the MNC is seeking to have sufficient time to make its arguments as an intervener, as well as longer written argument than is usually granted.
According to President Chartier, “the presiding Judge, Madame Justice Sharlow, was attentive throughout, asked a lot of questions, fully understood the dilemma facing the Métis Nation and I believe will give the arguments serious consideration”.
Also making arguments for Party status were Jean Teillet on behalf of the Métis Nation of Ontario and Jason Madden for the Manitoba Metis Federation.
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Click here to view the judgement January 8, 2013
Click here for reasons of decision