Supreme Court rules Canada's carbon pricing law is constitutional

On March 25, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision regarding the challenges to the constitutionality of the federal government's carbon pricing system brought by the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. In its decision, the Court ruled 6-3 that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act was constitutional.

Environmental groups welcomed the ruling and called upon the provinces and the federal government to fulfill their obligations and take meaningful action on climate change.

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Septmeber 24, 2020

On September 22 and 23, the Supreme Court of Canada heard appeals in three separate cases regarding the consitutionality of the federal government's carbon pricing system. Appeals courts in Saskatchewan and Ontario had previously upheld the law, while the Alberta Court of Appeal ruled that the law was unconstitutional.

Lawyers from AEN member group Ecojustice representing the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and the David Suzuki Foundation appeared before the court as interveners in these important hearings.

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Photo Credit: Early Evening - Supreme Court of Canada by Peter Jakubinek  licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0