Withdraw from the Supreme Court of Canada or Don't File an Argument

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This case involves efforts by indigenous villagers in Ecuador to have Canadian courts enforce, against Chevron’s assets in Canada, a multi-billion dollar pollution judgment obtained in a court in Ecuador. The CBA says they are arguing on a narrow, neutral and objective principle of law.   However, no matter how narrow, CBA’s legal argument effectively supports Chevron to the detriment of the poor Ecuadorian villagers which would shield Chevron from having to pay $9.51US Billion for the damage they committed to the Amazon river.

The CBA has a policy on when it intervenes at the Supreme Court.  It’s  own intervention policy was not followed (therefore this intervention should never have happened and the factum should never have been written), the CBA’s Legislation and Law Reform Committee which reviews and recommends interventions unanimously opposed it, the Aboriginal Law section opposed it and was never consulted, the Civil Litigation section opposed it, NEERLS (National Environmental, Energy & Resources Law section) voiced concerns because it wasn’t consulted, the National Sections Council executive (which represents ALL the CBA sections) unanimously opposed it, the Equality committee (which sits on the CBA Board of Directors) unanimously opposed it.  Also, the optics are bad as the law firm who is representing the CBA at the Supreme Court of Canada (for free) also represents Chevron on other issues.  For more info see the Open Letter published Canada’s national paper, the Globe & Mail from past and present members of the CBA:


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