Ecojustice filed arguments on behalf of Sierra Club Canada today that claim the Canadian government acted unlawfully in gutting the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) through regulations last year. The Canadian government now has until April 5th to respond. If the lawsuit is successful thousands of projects that were approved without an assessment could be revisited.
“We are asking the courts to declare the government’s actions illegal and to require them to register all projects that have gone ahead,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. “This government should give Canadians the opportunity to review the environmental impacts of stimulus projects and request that impacts from the projects be addressed to protect the environment.”