Webinar April 11: Who has jurisdiction over carbon pricing in Canada?

Media Release

Climate Action Network Webinar-Workshop Series

Last summer, the newly elected Ontario government of Doug Ford abolished the province’s cap-and-trade legislation and vowed to fight the imposition of federal carbon pricing. On January 1, 2019, in the absence of an equivalent provincial pricing scheme, a federal carbon pricing scheme came into effect in Ontario. The provincial government has filed a reference with the Court of Appeal challenging the federal government’s carbon pricing legislation as unconstitutional, and several CAN-Rac members have successfully applied for intervenor status in the upcoming court case. That case goes to court the week of April 15 in Ontario.

In this webinar, we will hear from the legal teams working with some of those intervenors. They will break down the complex issues associated with determining where jurisdiction for carbon pricing should fall – with the federal government, the provinces, or cooperatively between the two.

When: April 11, 2019 3 P.M. EST (Scheduled for 90 minutes)

Webinar presentations are in English, the Q&A parts will be facilitated in both French and English. You can ask questions in both languages.

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Josh Ginsberg is the University of Ottawa clinic director for Ecojustice, and he is representing David Suzuki Foundation in the Ontario carbon pricing court case. Josh’s litigation and advocacy work focuses on protecting ecosystems threatened by resource extraction, challenging projects that exacerbate climate change, and promoting clear and effective environmental laws. As the Director of the Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic, he teaches part-time at the University of Ottawa and mentors students working on Ecojustice cases. Before joining Ecojustice in 2016 Josh maintained a dynamic litigation practice at a leading Toronto firm, dedicating pro-bono time to environmental groups, and pursued a master’s degree in environmental law. He can often be found in Ontario’s backcountry and aims to paddle as many of its lakes and rivers as possible in one lifetime.


Jacqueline Wilson is counsel at the Canadian Environmental Law Association. She has represented clients before various provincial and federal administrative tribunals, and has appeared at all levels of Ontario and federal Courts. She specializes in climate change, energy and land use planning, and is CELA’s student program coordinator. Prior to joining CELA, Jacqueline was litigation counsel at the Department of Justice, where she represented the federal Crown in cases before both tribunals and courts. She received her JD from the University of Toronto in 2010.


Marc Bishai obtained his Bachelor of Civil Law (LL.B.) from the University of Montreal and has been a litigation lawyer since 2007. He practiced in small-sized firms until 2012, in family law as well as civil and commercial law. During that time, he authored three articles published in Ontarian and Canadian law journals. He then joined the litigation team of the Barreau du Quebec, where he regularly represented that law society before the courts, including before the Court of Appeal, and acted as legal counsel for the Barreau. He was then working in administrative, penal and professional law. Since 2015, Marc has been a partner of the CQDE (Quebec Environmental Law Center) because he is convinced that environmental law contains the most important issues of today and of the future.

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