Summary of the matter addressed in the submission:

The Citizen Advisory Committee of Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard (Comité aviseur de citoyens de Saint-Adolphe d’Howard) and a group of residents assert that the province of Quebec is failing to effectively enforce its environmental laws with respect to a power supply line project that will run through the municipality of Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard in Quebec, Canada. The project is being carried out by Hydro-Québec, which is the province’s public utility. The Submitters assert that due to the legal immunity that the law grants to Hydro-Quebec, they are unable to obtain an injunction, which they consider is a failure to effectively enforce the obligations contained in Articles 3 and 6 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC). The Submitters also maintain that the Quebec Ministry of the Environment is failing to enforce the Quebec Sustainable Development Law which requires that the ministry responsible for authorizing the project to consider sustainable development objectives and conduct public consultation activities. The Submitters also maintain that despite having proposed an alternative to the project, these were arbitrarily dismissed by the Quebec government.

Names and citations of the environmental laws in question:

North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation; Quebec Sustainable Development Law (LRQ c. D-8.1.1).

Submitter(s):

The Citizen Advisory Committee of Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, Sarah Perreault, Denise Payette, Lisette Lapointe, Guy St-Jacques, Martial Fortin, Georges Jardon, Nicole Chouinard, Pierre Dubé, and Alain Thiffault

Submission Timeline

December 10, 2018

The Secretariat received a submission and began a preliminary analysis of it under the guidelines.

Submission - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 07/12/2018

Acknowledgement - Communication to Submitter(s) authored by Secretariat on 10/12/2018

Annex - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 07/12/2018

Annex - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 07/12/2018

Annex - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 07/12/2018

Annex - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 07/12/2018

Annex - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 07/12/2018

Annex - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 07/12/2018

Annex - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 07/12/2018

Annex - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 07/12/2018

Annex - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 07/12/2018

Annex - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 13/12/2018

January 17, 2019

The Secretariat notified the submitter(s) that the submission did not meet all of the Article 14(1) criteria and the submitter(s) had 30 days to provide the Secretariat with a revised submission that conforms with Article 14(1).

Determination - Secretariat Determination under Article 14 (1) authored by Secretariat on 17/01/2019

April 11, 2019

The Secretariat received a revised submission and began to analyze it.

Submission - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 11/04/2019

Acknowledgement - Communication to Submitter(s) authored by Secretariat on 12/04/2019

Annex - Other document authored by Individual or entity named in submission on 11/04/2019

Annex - Other document authored by Individual or entity named in submission on 11/04/2019

May 24, 2019

The Secretariat determined that the revised submission did not meet the Article 14(1) criteria and terminated the process under guideline 6.3.

Determination - Secretariat Determination under Article 14 (1) authored by Secretariat on 24/05/2019