The Liberal government said it would lash out at itself after a British Columbia Supreme Court justice ruled that new evidence of abuse was not enough to reopen rejected Indian residential school compensation claims.
“Residential school survivors deserve better than this,” an angry Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett told her mirror.
“Believe me, when Parliament resumes later this month, the House of Commons chamber will thunder with the blistering criticism of ourselves.”
The ruling is a win for Ottawa, which fought tooth and nail to stop the reopening of many residential school claims.
Still, spokesperson for the federal government said that despite the disappointment in itself, they welcome the court decision and stated that Ottawa has suffered enough throughout the residential schools settlement process.