Manitoba Chiefs in Large Lawsuit Against the Province

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs has filed a lawsuit against the province of Manitoba for nearly $ 1 billion. The suit is based on the assertion that the government is illegally restricting the opening of the new First Nations-owned casinos in Winnipeg. The result of the action against the province is Arlen Dumas, of the recently appointed Grand Chief of the Assembly. Dumas is to claim that the considerable economic damage caused to the community and that it is time for the government to take responsibility and solve the problem.

the Activation of the lawsuit was the provincial government’s decision to approve of the Shark Club Gaming Centre while refusing to allow the First Nations to open a new casino in Winnipeg.

According to Dumas, “Gaming for First Nations in Manitoba is a part of our culture, and should be a useful tool for our economic development. We engaged with the Government of Manitoba from 20 years ago in a regime for First Nations to obtain licences to own and take advantage of what the intention of the next five casinos in the province. These casinos were supposed to be established on profitable markets. We were supposed to be more financially sustainable as a result. This did not happen.”

Sand Hills Casino

Sand Hills Casino

In an official statement, Dumas continued to explain, “These were commitments made by the provincial government over and over again. These obligations were broken, and we are unjustly paying the price. It is time for this government to step up and work with us to a real solution. We hope that they will do. If they refuse, we’ll continue to seek justice for this in the courts.”

The lawsuit does not come without a fair warning. In April of this year, Derek Nepinak, Dumas’ predecessor, was already openly talking about taking legal action against the county after officials denied approvals to open a new gaming companies in Winnipeg. Nepinak said: “Winnipeg is the gaming market in Manitoba and moved to the side and held the prime gaming market is unjust. It’s acted in bad faith, and we’t stand. We are upping the stakes by looking at our legal options and move.”

The denial came from Prime minister Brian Pallister, who explained that in his opinion, the gaming industry of the province was already over-saturated: “I want people to find work, I want people to have the opportunity to grow and to learn and to work together and to help each other, and the gambling industry is’t going to do that.”

Pallister, on the basis of this advice is a study of gaming activities in the province, which claims that the findings in the document point to low income in the future. However, this is speculative, and the study itself only really points to a very basic economic idea – the introduction of more and more companies will probably reduce the amount of revenue each company can earn. In other words, the more you cut the cake, the smaller the pieces are.

During the First Nations have received approvals for gaming companies in the province, Winnipeg is definitely the attention of potential revenue and the location is of course of crucial importance when it comes to building a successful casino. An example of this is the Sand Hills casino. Sand Hills has proven to be a very problematic business for the AMC, who has claimed that the government has done nothing to help in the community in the running of the company.

The situation is very unfortunate. There is no reason why the provincial government and the First Nations community to fight for the casino’s activity in this cat-and-mouse-mode. This type of tension can only lead to turbulent economic decisions, instead of the more rational move to make sure that everyone wins.

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