6106111 Manitoba Ltd. makes statement on termination of building Lease in Ottawa

May 12, 2022

Winnipeg, MB, in the National Homeland of the Red River Métis - Today, 6106111 Manitoba Ltd. (610), a subsidiary of the Louis Riel Capital Corporation and the Métis Economic Development Organization, took possession of 340 MacLaren Street in Ottawa due to the Métis National Council Secretariat Inc.'s (MNC) default and fundamental breach of the Lease. A Notice of Termination was issued on April 12, 2022.

"The MacLaren property is located in Ottawa's Centretown district and features multi-level office space and includes parking which the MNC did not have at its previous rental," said Jack Park, Chairperson of 610. "The rent is competitive, below market, and it's a great location in close proximity to Parliament Hill."

Despite the attractive location and reasonable rent, the MNC defaulted in its obligations under the Lease due to its refusal to acknowledge the Lease's validity and by making conditional rental payments, asserting it reserves all rights to recover its payments.

The MNC recently had a change in its leadership, which resulted in immediate complaints about the existing Lease arrangements, claiming the rent being charged was excessive. The MNC has previously referred to the Lease as "purported" and "suspicious" and took the position that the Lease was "assailable for a variety of reasons". The MNC previously indicated that it was prepared to proceed to litigation and seek a declaration that it could terminate the Lease.

The MNC was provided with 10 days notice to cure the default but chose not to do so. As a result of the failure to remedy the default, 610 proceeded with the Notice of Termination, and provided the MNC with 30 days notice to vacate the property.

The MNC had been the tenant since 2011 with no issues or concerns. Complaints by MNC regarding the Lease are part of an ongoing publicity stunt by the MNC to advance a political agenda that undermines the MMF as the National Government of the Red River Métis.

"610 has an obligation to Red River Métis Citizens to make wise investments and protect its assets," said Chairperson Park. "We have had a positive relationship for over 10 years with the MNC. At the end of the day, we have a business to run, and we must ensure that the landlord-tenant relationship is appropriate and respectful."

The MNC filed a Statement of Claim in late January against former President Clément Chartier, Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand, and others that alleged the Lease had been part of a "scheme" and was the result of a breach of fiduciary duties by Chartier and Chartrand. The MNC did not name 610 as a party.

To view the MMF Statement of Defence, visit: www.mmf.mb.ca/mmf-full-statement-of-defence



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