Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during question period on Tuesday that his government would appeal the Alberta Court of Appeal’s ruling that the federal government’s environmental impact law is unconstitutional.
“The Impact Assessment Act delivered on an important promise we made to Canadians to reform a broken system and restore public trust in how decisions about major projects are made,” he said.
“The previous government gutted environmental protections, eroded public trust and discouraged investment and made it harder, not easier, for major projects to be built. We will be appealing this decision.”
The act, given royal assent in 2019, lists activities that trigger an impact review and allows Ottawa to consider the effects of new resource projects on a range of environmental and social issues, including climate change.
The Alberta government had challenged the Impact Assessment Act over what the province said was its overreach into provincial powers.
On Tuesday, a majority of five justices, giving their legal opinion in a 204-page document, sided with Alberta.
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