Independent topical source of current affairs, opinion and issues, featuring stories making news in Canada from immigrants, newcomers, minorities & ethnic communities' point of view and interests.

Supreme Court: Government and b.c

supreme court: More coverage from CTV News Vancouver B.C.'s minority NDP government, which took power on a promise to use every tool available to stop the expansion, swiftly announced plans to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, according to CTV. Our government said from the outset that we would stand up for British Columbia's environment, our economy and our coast, said Attorney General David Eby. The unanimous ruling from the B.C. Court of Appeal represented a major win for the project, which the federal government and Alberta see as crucial to getting more oilsands crude to overseas markets. Thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity would be put at risk by a diluted bitumen spill. A five-judge panel agreed that the amendments to B.C.'s Environmental Management Act were not constitutional because they would interfere with the federal government's exclusive jurisdiction over interprovincial pipelines. The province filed a constitutional reference question to the Appeal Court that asked whether it had the authority to create a permitting regime for companies that wished to increase their flow of diluted bitumen. ( As reported in the news.