Squamish will be lending its voice in support of carbon pricing as the matter heads to the Supreme Court of Canada in March 2020.
The Supreme Court accepted a joint application from the District of Squamish and several other municipalities - Vancouver, Victoria, Nelson, Richmond and Rossland - to be interveners in the federal government's carbon pricing case.
These interveners are asking the court to uphold the Federal Government's Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act.
Interveners are people or organizations who don't have a direct interest in a proceeding, but are allowed - either by right or at the court's discretion - to participate because their involvement would be helpful.
“This is in line with the local governments' declarations of a climate emergency and emission reduction targets that have been set in each community,” reads a news release issued by the District of Squamish.
“The municipalities recognize the importance of urgent, collaborative action at all levels of government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Earlier this year, Ontario filed an appeal to the Supreme Court to have another look at a decision made by the province's court of appeal.
A majority ruling by that court found the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act is constitutional, which is contrary to Ontario's argument.
The province's environment minister said that Premier Doug Ford's government would use every tool it had to fight against the Act.
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