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on legal tees Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada tops the list in big money expended on litigation. Newly released public accounts figures show AANDC spent $106 million in 2012-13. Canada Revenue Agency comes next with only $66 million spent in legal fees. Law Times writes "With the federal government aggressively pursuing economic development on lands subject to claims by First Nations and movements like Idle No More providing aboriginal groups with 'political capital,' the legal process is becoming even more complex and difficult to get through, according to David McRobert, a member of the Ontario Bar Association's aboriginal law section." This is not the first time the department has been at the top of the heap in legal spending. Last year $110 million was spent in legal services. "Comprehensive land claims arise in areas of the country where aboriginal rights and title have not been resolved by treaty or by other legal means," the public accounts report states. "There are currently 81 comprehensive land claims under negotiation, accepted for negotiation or under review."

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Date:Dec 1, 2013
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