Victory! Canada cleared to take national climate action

Victory! Canada cleared to take national climate action

Postby Oscar » Fri May 03, 2019 4:58 pm

Victory! Canada cleared to take national climate action

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May 3, 2019 Devon Page, Lawyer

The federal government has a right to take national action on climate change — a problem that poses such a genuine threat to Canadians that it can be classified as an “emergency.”

That’s the message the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal sent today when it ruled that the federal government has the power to set a minimum national price on greenhouse gas emissions.

In a judicial first, the court found that “climate change is doubtless an emergency in the sense that it presents a genuine threat to Canada.”

This part of the decision is a direct result of the tireless work Ecojustice lawyers put into representing the David Suzuki Foundation on this case — work that is only possible because of supporters like you.

On behalf of our clients, Ecojustice lawyer Joshua Ginsberg argued that the federal government should be able to introduce laws that unite all of Canada in the fight against climate change, specifically because climate change is such a pressing issue that it counts as a national emergency.

While the court found that Canada’s carbon pricing law is not temporary enough to count as emergency legislation, it did agree that climate change itself is an emergency. As a result, Canada will be able to introduce new, time-limited laws to address climate change.

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