On Point | NunatuKavut in court and Cathy Bennett

NunatuKavut President Todd Russell and Liberal leadership hopeful Cathy Bennett are featured on this week's On Point.
Todd Russell from NunatuKavut and Cathy Bennett are on this week's On Point 18:20

NunatuKavut was in the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal in St. John's last week to battle a ban that prevented them from protesting at the Muskrat Falls construction site in Labrador.

According to Todd Russell, president of NunatuKavut, the group was fighting back against Nalcor.

"What we're responding to in the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal is Nalcor, and Nalcor's challenge to our right to protest," Russell said.

"Yesterday, I suppose they won in a certain sense that the court issued an injunction against our people," he added.

Russell said he does not see how a peaceful protest by a small group has resulted in such a large-scale injunction.

"We have a constitutional right — not just as aboriginal people but as citizens of the country — to protest, and you cannot ban us from legally protesting unless we've broken some law," he said.

A designated site has been identified by Nalcor which can be used for protesting, but Russell said there is still need for an explanation as to why his group was not allowed to protest at the site they chose previously.

Liberal leadership candidate fields your questions

Cathy Bennett is the first Liberal leadership hopeful on a new segment of On Point, where viewers send in questions for each of the candidates.

Viewers sent in questions about the public service, minimum wage, paying of the Liberal party's debt, and international workers.

Bennett said she believes she would be able to get rid of the party's debt within six months if she's elected as leader of the Liberals.

An extra extended video is available with questions that didn't make it to air.

Each of the Liberal leadership hopefuls will make an appearance on On Point to answer questions leading up to the November leadership election.


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