The Abbott Case was heard in Ottawa at the Federal Court level. Any decision rendered in the Abbott Case is binding on the government/FNI and it will affect all applicants under the points system. There were no surprises presented by the FNI/DOJ in their submissions. The main arguments centered on procedural fairness and was the Appeal Master’s decision reasonable. About 10,300 Founding Members were re-evaluated under the Supplemental Agreement(SA). Over 18,000 were denied membership in the Qalipu because of group acceptance.
From my perspective, I believe our case was very well understood by the court and our legal team, Jaimie Lickers and John Wilson, did a stellar job in presenting the case on behalf of MFNAN.
I do not expect a decision until early summer. We remain cautiously optimistic about the outcome.