I am not a lawyer, but I think that the court system is independent of the elected officials or at least it is supposed to be. If that is the case, which party is in power is somewhat irrelevant. Also trials are not postponed because of an upcoming election. In any event the reality is that dueling parties come to terms the vast majority of the time prior to a trial taking place. If they don't come t terms, I understand that in this case the judge can overrule the provincial decision and grant the licence. Also with a trial only a few months away, the government will have pressure to settle. Would someone in the know please comment, as to the accuracy of my statements above, especially about the power of the judge to grant the licence. Thanks in advance.