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December 6, 2019, 9:15 am

BC Local Governments Support Government of Canada as Intervenors in Carbon Pricing Supreme Court Appeal

City of Victoria
VICTORIA –Yesterday the Supreme Court of Canada accepted the joint application of Vancouver, Victoria, Squamish, Nelson, Richmond, and Rossland as intervenors in the federal government’s carbon pricing case. The municipal intervenors are asking the Supreme Court of Canada to uphold the Federal Government’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act. The case is currently scheduled to be heard before the court in Spring 2020.

The six B.C.local governments are joining together to support the national law on carbon pricing which will reduce carbon pollution. This is in line with the local governments’ declarations of a climate emergency and emission reduction targets that have been set in each community. The municipalities recognize the importance of urgent, collaborative action at all levels of government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

British Columbia saw net emissions fall by 4.7 per cent over eight years after implementing a carbon tax, while maintaining a healthy economy. The carbon tax is revenue neutral and is one of the most effective and fair ways that governments can address climate change. The B.C.carbon tax is regarded as an ideal model for other jurisdictions in and out of Canada.

The hearing of the appeals in the SCC is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2020.


“A national price on pollution is the single most effective way to take action against the climate crisis,” said VancouverMayor Kennedy Stewart. “Cities are feeling the brunt of climate change and without a federal carbon pricing scheme it will fall to local governments to pick up the slack.”

“A carbon price helps people and businesses make cleaner choices in our communities,” said VictoriaMayor Lisa Helps. “This means driving less and using active modes of transportation, optingfor electric vehicles, and building more energy efficient homes.”

“Some people might ask how small municipalities can make a difference on this national issue,” said Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore. “This is an issue that impacts all Canadians, whether we live in large urban centres or small rural communities. We invite localgovernments across the country to pass motions supporting local government intervention in the Supreme Court of Canada carbon pricing case.We are stronger together.”

“Municipalities are at the forefront of climate change as we engage within our communities to prepare for and mitigate against growing and real issues such as flooding, forest fires, and sea level rise,” said District of SquamishMayor Karen Elliott. “We are standing up for carbon pricing as a policy that sets a standard for action on climate change and that creates policy clarity. This clarity has the potential to stimulate opportunity for investment, innovative solutions and leadership at the local levelas we work collaboratively with citizens, businesses and senior levels of government tolimit GHG emissions.”

“The City of Richmond is a leader in implementing climate change measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Despite significant growth, we have already successfully slashed emissions by over 12 per cent since 2007 through strategies such as electric vehicles, policies for energy efficient developments and an award-winning district energy infrastructure. Maintaining a national approach to carbon pricing supports the work we and other municipalities are doing to build sustainable and environmentally friendly communities.”

“In 2007, Nelson City Council signed on to the B.C. Climate Action Charter,” said Nelson Mayor John Dooley, “and successive Councils have committed to the terms of the Climate Charter to reduce our carbon output. Nelson has met or exceeded the goals of the Climate Action Charter, and we will be continuing this critical work. We believe there needs to be a national commitment to the reduction of carbon to meet the goals of a cleaner, more sustainable Canada. Implementing a fair price on carbon across all of Canada will create a level playing field and local governments will benefit from the federal carbon pricing scheme.”

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Media Contacts:

Mayor JohnDooley
City of Nelson

Clay Adams
ABC, APRDirector -Corporate Communications & Marketing
City of Richmond

Bryan Teasdale
Chief Administrative Officer
City of Rossland

Christina Moore
Manager of Communications

Rena Kendall-Craden
Director of Civic Engagement and Communications

Bill Eisenhauer
Head of Engagement
City of Victoria

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