What’s Coming Down the Pipe: Canada’s Regional Energy Politics Goes (Back) to Court 

Jun. 27, 2019

The CBA Public Sector Lawyers Section presents:

What’s Coming Down the Pipe: Canada’s Regional Energy Politics Goes (Back) to Court

June 27, 2019 | 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Eastern

In the 1970s and 1980s, regional conflicts about energy politics and environmental jurisdiction became an important source of federal-provincial constitutional battles, resulting both in significant Supreme Court of Canada cases and the addition of s. 92A to the Constitution Act, 1867 as part of the 1981 patriation reference. For a quarter century, these disputes were in abeyance and constitutional law turned elsewhere. But greater ideological and regional differences over the future of the fossil fuel industry are now going to Court. Gareth Morley will discuss how energy and the environment are driving a new set of federalism disputes and what the result might look like.

Gareth Morley

Gareth Morley, BA (Victoria), LLB (Toronto), LLM (Osgoode) is Senior Counsel with the British Columbia Ministry of Attorney General’s Constitutional and Administrative Law Group. Since August 1999, he has practiced with the British Columbia government as a civil litigator, legislative drafter and constitutional and administrative lawyer. He has appeared at all levels of court, most recently representing the Attorney General of British Columbia in the Bell Canada/Vavilov, Orphan Wells Association, Pan-Canadian Securities Reference and Comeau cases in the Supreme Court of Canada.  He is representing British Columbia in the references in the Saskatchewan and Ontario Court of Appeals on the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act. He has published articles on constitutional interpretation and originalism, administrative law and government contracting, pension law and on sentencing and the Charter of Rights. He is co-editor with Justice Karen Horsman and contributing author to the treatise Government Liability: Law and Practice.


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    June 27, 2019
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern)


    Instructions will be sent via email the day prior to the event.

    Free for members of CBA Constitutional and Human Rights Section, Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section, Municipal Law Section, and Public Sector Section.



Leesa Sullivan
CBA National Office
1-800-267-8860 | 613-237-2925 ext. 141