Statement from Environmental Defence’s Executive Director Tim Gray on being approved as intervenors in Saskatchewan’s challenge of the federal government’s carbon pricing law

Toronto, Ont., – Environmental Defence is pleased that the court has granted our application to intervene in this important case. Climate change presents a clear and present threat to the lives and livelihoods of Canadians and carbon pricing is one of the most effective tools governments have to fight climate change. Saskatchewan chose not to use this tool. And so we are happy the federal government will. All governments need to use their respective authority under our constitution to address this public health and environmental crisis. It should be all hands on deck. It’s also our view that the federal government has clear jurisdiction to act, and act alone if necessary.

Represented by the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), Environmental Defence’s intervention in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Reference on the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act asks the Court to consider the criminal law power and trade and commerce power as sources of federal authority to pass a carbon pricing law. Environmental Defence will argue that both the federal and provincial governments have authority to pass carbon pricing legislation and other climate change measures.

The federal government has been very clear: provinces were invited to pass their own carbon pricing laws or the federal government would step in. That’s what’s going to happen now in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick. The federal government should be commended for showing some backbone here and following through to ensure that carbon pricing will be in place in every province and territory in Canada.

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