Appeal of Bill C-69: Minister Shandro
Mar 21, 2023
Minister of Justice Tyler Shandro issued the following statement on the Supreme Court of Canada hearing an appeal of the Alberta Court of Appeal decision on the federal Impact Assessment Act:
“On March 22, Alberta will present its arguments to the Supreme Court of Canada regarding the federal Impact Assessment Act, better known as the ‘No More Pipelines law,’ as part of a two-day hearing.
“This – no more pipelines – act is a threat to the long-term economic prosperity of our province, our energy industry and the entire country. We want to grow investment in Alberta, not have it driven away by unbalanced, unpredictable new rules for major projects.
“Over the past 25 years, our province has contributed $400 billion more to the federal government’s revenues than it has received in federal spending. In 2021, Alberta was the only province that made a positive net fiscal contribution to the federation. Albertans paid $394 million more in taxes to the federal government than they received in federal spending. Any damage to the Alberta economy caused by the ‘No More Pipelines’ act will be felt across the country.
“But this act doesn’t just harm the economy. It is also a violation of the exclusive constitutional jurisdiction of provinces and territories to control the development of their natural resources. Last May, Alberta’s Court of Appeal ruled that the Impact Assessment Act was unconstitutional in a 4-1 decision. Seven other provinces are joining Alberta as interveners in this case and to defend provincial rights.
“Alberta began the fight against this act while it was still a bill before Parliament, and we will continue to use every tool available to stand up for Albertans’ interests. Alberta is speaking up for a strong provincial and national economy and pushing back against federal intrusion on provincial jurisdiction.”