On July 17, 2012, the Federal Court in Turp v. Canada dismissed an application for judicial review of Canada’s decision to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol. The Court found, among other things, that the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act (KPIA), which establishes certain climate-change-related reporting obligations on the federal government, does not limit the prerogative of the federal government to withdraw from the Protocol. In making this finding, the Court relied on a previous Federal Court decision that the KPIA does not impose an enforceable duty upon the government to comply with Canada’s commitments under the Protocol.  

To read the full decision, please see Turp v. Canada.