The conservative Canadian government has won its case in the Canadian Federal Court over its decision to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol.
Canada first announced its plans to withdraw from the international greenhouse gas emission reduction commitment at the United Nations’ climate summit in South Africa last December.
The decision has been contested by a Quebec politician Daniel Turp, who argued that the government needed the approval of the Canadian Parliament first.
But the Canadian Federal Court has ruled that the government has a “royal prerogative” to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol without consultation.
The Parliament should have passed a law to force the government to consult on the ratification or withdrawal from treaties, said the Court.
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