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R v Hydro-Québec, [1997] 3 SCR 213

Facts:

HQ charged w/ violating an interim order from the fed Minister of the Environment restricting emissions.

Issue(s):

Are the sections of the Act a valid exercise of criminal power?

Ratio:

Protection of the environment from harm is recognized as a valid criminal law purpose

Analysis:

Parl may use its crim law power in the interest of protecting the enviro or preventing pollution
*National concern doctrine operates by assigning full power to regulate an area to Parl
*Crim law seeks by discrete prohibitions to prevent evils falling w/in a broad purpose

Holding:

Sections of the act were a valid use of the fed crim power


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