Catherine Gauthier’s environmental youth group has filed a lawsuit against the Canadian government arguing its inaction on climate change infringes ‘on a generation’s fundamental rights.’ Catherine Gauthier got sick of hearing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal government make bold promises on climate change while investing in oilsands projects such as the Kinder Morgan pipeline that crank up Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. Last week, the 29-year-old climate activist from Quebec helped file a lawsuit against the federal government. “Rather than creating a fast [low-carbon] transition, the Canadian government is going the opposite way by buying a pipeline,” Gauthier told The Tyee. “What we understand from this action is the Canadian government has decided to protect the oil industry rather than the future of children and younger generations. So that’s really frustrating.” Gauthier is executive director of Environnement Jeunesse, an environmental youth group based in Montreal. Last Monday, her group teamed up with the law firm Trudel Johnston & Lespérance and applied to the Superior Court of Quebec to bring a class action lawsuit on behalf of all Quebec residents under the age of 35. The lawsuit “alleges that the Canadian government is infringing on a generation’s fundamental rights.” This is […]


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