Manitoba government, MLLC sued over on-reserve smoking ban directive – CBC

Manitoba government, MLLC sued over on-reserve smoking ban directive – CBC

by ahnationtalk on June 28, 2021179 Views

Swan Lake First Nation sees VLTs cut off over resistance to Crown corporation edict, lawsuit claims

Jun 28, 2021

A Manitoba First Nation is suing the province and its Crown-controlled liquor commission, alleging they are using gaming agreements as an illegitimate conduit to enforce an unlawful smoking ban on Indigenous land.

Swan Lake First Nation has filed a claim in the Court of Queen’s Bench seeking a declaration Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation (MLLC) has crossed several legal lines by imposing a smoking ban through a June 2020 corporate directive — even going so far as to pull the plugs on Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) machines at one of its two gaming centres.

The First Nation wants a judge to order the machines switched on again, as well as determine compensation for lost gaming revenue and punitive damages.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-government-mlcc-sued-over-on-reserve-smoking-ban-directive-1.6082535

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