Edmonton lawyer Meaghan Conroy presented alongside other noteworthy speakers at the University of Alberta Law School’s Centre for Constitutional Studies in a panel discussion on the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.
Moderated by The Honourable Anne McLellan, former Deputy Prime Minister and former Constitutional law professor, the discussion explored whether the BC government can legally block the pipeline, whether the federal government could or should step in, and Indigenous communities’ rights and interests associated with the pipeline.
Meaghan’s presentation focused on legal considerations arising from the pipeline’s impacts on Constitutionally-protected Aboriginal and treaty rights. She also explored practical considerations and the diversity of perspectives about the pipeline among potentially impacted Indigenous communities.
Meaghan advises First Nations and Métis communities on Constitutional issues, including consultation matters related to natural resource extraction and transportation and other matters.
Professor Eric Adams (University of Alberta, Faculty of Law) – discussed the constitutional ground rules governing inter-provincial pipelines and the constitutional principles that determine how the laws of different jurisdictions interact with one another when potential conflicts arise.
Professor Jocelyn Stacey (University of British Columbia, Peter A. Allard School of Law) – discussed the constitutionality of BC’s proposed environmental regulations and their ability to respond to the gaps in the National Energy Board’s positive assessment of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.
Professor Andrew Leach (University of Alberta, Alberta School of Business) – discussed why the pipeline is needed and what would be the consequences for Canadian resource prices were it not to be built and the likely GHG emissions consequences of the pipeline’s operations, in the context of Canada’s national commitments.