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Federal judge rejects flooded First Nation’s calls for more home construction – Winnipeg Free Press

OTTAWA — A federal judge has rejected calls by a First Nation evacuated during the 2011 Interlake flood diversion to have Ottawa provide double the number of houses that were washed away.

In a ruling obtained by the Free Press, a federal judge said First Nations can expect Ottawa only to restore a reserve’s housing supply to make it comparable to the time of a natural disaster, instead of rectifying long-standing issues such as overcrowding.

“I am not suggesting that an inadequate situation should be used as a yardstick,” ruled Justice Sébastien Grammond on May 9.

“However, where budgetary resources are limited, it is not unreasonable to allocate them where the needs are most important first.”

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