Trudeau should enshrine in legislation every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment
By Lynda M. CollinsFeb. 14, 2018
There is an urgent need for statutory, constitutional, and judicial recognition of the right to a healthy environment in Canada. A robust body of evidence demonstrates that our existing approaches to environmental law have not yet succeeded in securing a sustainable future for present and future Canadians. Overall, the Conference Board of Canada ranks the country as 15th out of 17 developed nations in a comparison of accepted indicators of environmental performance.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured. Canada shouldn't resist the global trend towards legislative and constitutional environmental rights, argues Lynda Collins. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
As scholars and advocates of environmental law, we write to call upon Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to recognize, protect, and fulfill every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment.
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