For immediate Release, February 14, 2019

Regina, Sask. and Toronto, Ont.

WHAT: Representatives from the Canadian Environmental Law Association will argue before the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal that the federal carbon pricing backstop is constitutional. Representatives from CELA and Environmental Defence are available for comment.

WHEN: CELA are expected to appear at approximately 2 pm (CST). CELA is available for comment after court adjourns. Environmental Defence staff are available in Toronto.

WHERE:       CELA available in Regina at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal.

Environmental Defence available in Toronto, location flexible.


Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director, Canadian Environmental Law Association

Tim Gray, Executive Director, Environmental Defence

The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and Environmental Defence will make their arguments today before Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal regarding the Reference on the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act. CELA and Environmental Defence will ask the Court to consider the criminal law power and trade and commerce power as sources of federal authority to pass a carbon pricing law. They argue that both the federal and provincial governments have authority to pass carbon pricing legislation and other climate change measures.

Climate change is a global crisis. Canada and its provinces must each play their part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a clean energy economy. A nation-wide carbon price will create economic incentives for carbon emission reductions and provide economic incentives for a transition to a cleaner energy system.

About the CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW ASSOCIATION: CELA works toward protecting public health and the environment by seeking justice for those harmed by pollution or poor decision-making and by changing policies to prevent problems in the first place. Since 1970, CELA has used legal tools, undertaken groundbreaking research and advocated for increased environmental protection and to safeguard communities.

About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (www.environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact:

Theresa McClenaghan, Canadian Environmental Law Association, theresa@cela.ca

Barbara Hayes, Environmental Defence, bhayes@environmentaldefence.ca, 613-255-5724