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Pikangikum First Nation Lawsuit: Supreme Court Won't Hear Case Against Former Minister Robert Nault

04/25/2013 09:52 EDT | Updated 06/25/2013 05:12 EDT
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OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear the Pikangikum First Nation's lawsuit against a former Liberal minister of Indian and Northern Affairs.

The Pikangikum First Nation accused Robert Nault of "misfeasance" for imposing third-party management on the reserve more than a decade ago.

The band also claimed Nault withheld millions of dollars for infrastructure projects until it dropped its legal challenge of the federal government's decision to appoint a third-party manager.

The trial judge dismissed the case against Nault, noting the third-party manager was brought in by bureaucrats against the then-minister's wishes.

An appeals court also sided with Nault, who was Indian Affairs minister between 1999 and 2003.

As is its usual practice, the Supreme Court did not release reasons for its decisions.

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