Court date set for Mill River deal dis­pute

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

A dis­pute over the prov­ince’s Mill River deal will make its way to a court­room in Jan­uary.

The Mi’kmaq Con­fed­er­acy of P.E.I. ap­plied for a ju­di­cial re­view of the deal and a hear­ing on the mat­ter is sched­uled for Jan. 16-18, 2018.

In Jan­uary, the pro­vin­cial govern­ment an­nounced it was sell­ing 325 acres of Crown land as part of a 20-year agree­ment with Don MacDougall.

That agree­ment would see MacDougall buy the Mill River golf course, re­sort, camp­ground and fun park for $500,000.

The govern­ment com­mit­ted to $6 mil­lion in cap­i­tal im­prove­ments over 12 years and $1.6 mil­lion for op­er­a­tional losses in the first six years.

Govern­ment bought the re­sort for $1.8 mil­lion and gave it to McDougall.

Since then, the Mi’kmaq Con­fed­er­acy ap­plied for a ju­di­cial re­view and said the govern­ment didn’t en­gage in proper con­sul­ta­tions.

The Mi’kmaq Con­fed­er­acy also sought an in­junc­tion, but its ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Don MacKen­zie said Fri­day the or­ga­ni­za­tion is not pro­ceed­ing with it be­cause all par­ties have agreed “the sta­tus quo will be ob­served.”

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