“The only hope we have now is with the Hupacasath First Nation,” said May, referring to an ongoing court case, in which the Hupacasath are challenging FIPA. Their case is that FIPA infringes on traditional aboriginal rights to resources without adequate consultation.
As the treaty has already been signed, Stephen Harper’s government has the option to ratify the agreement anytime they like, although they have had this option for five months and still have not done so. They have been holding out on signing it due of fierce public opposition last year. Defeating Davies’ motion may give them the confidence they need to move forward with FIPA.
Liberals side with Tories on FIPA
The Liberals, who sided with the Conservatives on the motion, do not support FIPA as it stands. They are in favour of having a FIPA, and they would prefer to work with the existing agreement rather than scrapping it and starting over […]