Saskatchewan Carbon Pricing Court Case

Written by Administrator on Monday February 11, 2019

In advance of the government of Saskatchewan’s carbon pricing court challenge against the federal government, the Enviro Collective is hosting a press conference featuring a collection of environmental and social justice organizations who are intervening in the case to fight for climate action. We will also be live streaming the court case all day on Feb. 13 and 14 at Knox-Metropolitan United Church in Regina. Free refreshments will be provided.

The interveners featured in the press conference are asking the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to uphold the federal government’s carbon pricing plan, the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA), as constitutional. They are arguing that inadequate climate action is a violation of Canadian Charter rights and international law, and that the federal government has clear responsibility and jurisdiction to act.

The coalition is one of 13 intervenors for this case, named Climate Justice et al. in the legal proceedings. The media briefing will feature several representatives of their member groups explaining why they felt it was critical to intervene and answering questions from the media.

Speakers will include Jim Emberger of the New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance, Mark Bigland-Pritchard of Climate Justice Saskatoon, and Jim Elliott of the Regina Chapter of the Council of Canadians.

The organizations intervening under the Climate Justice et al. coalition are:

  • Climate Justice Saskatoon
  • The National Farmers’ Union
  • The Saskatchewan Coalition for Sustainable Development
  • The SCIC (Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation)
  • SaskEV (Saskatoon Electric Vehicle Group)
  • The Council of Canadians Prairies-NWT Regional Office
  • The Council of Canadians Regina Chapter
  • The Council of Canadians Saskatoon Chapter
  • The New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance
  • The Youth of the Earth.

Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal says Ottawa does have a constitutional right to impose a carbon tax on provinces.
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