Province disputes lawsuit alleging abuse of people with disabilities

The provincial government says too much time has passed to fairly try a lawsuit alleging abuse among children and adults living with disabilities at the Manitoba Development Centre.

But a lawyer for one of the former residents say the court action will continue despite the province’s objection.

In a statement of defence filed in Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench last week, the province says it can’t defend itself properly since the “lengthy passage of time… has resulted in the spoliation of evidence including adversely affecting the availability and recollection of witnesses”.