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2017 Law and Freedom Conference

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Ian Blue to present at the 2017 Law and Freedom Conference hosted by the Canadian Constitution Foundation at the University of Toronto on January 6th, 2017. Ian will be part of a panel discussion on the topic of The Constitution and Free Trade within Canada.

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All for One, One for All?

Monday, December 12, 2016

Ian Blue quoted extensively in Lexpert article All for One, One for All? To read the article please click here.

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Could provincial trade barriers fall in constitutional fireworks?

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Ian Blue quoted in Globe and Mail with respect to trade barriers that go beyond a prohibition of duties or tariffs. For more click here.

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The great provincial obstacle course

Monday, July 25, 2016

Canada’s constitution of 1867 mandates the free flow of commerce across the country. But leaders of the ten provinces and three territories have spent 149 years inventing creative ways to favour local firms or issuing regulations that unintentionally snarl trade...

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GR successful in City of Burlington v. Burlington Airpark Inc. environmental claim

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The legal team of Ian Blue and Anna Husa, including Law Clerk Linda Robinson, were successful in a significant decision representing the City of Burlington in Ontario Superior Court in a decision that was released on June 30, 2016. 

The application brought forward on behalf of the City alleged that a fill operation being carried on at Burlington Executive Airport had potential negative environmental impacts, including on the well-water of surrounding resident landowners.

The City served Airpark with an Order to Comply with its Topsoil and Preservation and Site Alteration By-Law. Airpark refused to do so on the basis that it did not need to comply because the fill operation pertained to airport expansion, which fell under federal, not provincial jurisdiction. The City brought an application to decide the issue and was successful. As of this date, Airpark has not appealed

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GR successful in R. Comeau Decision in New Brunswick Provincial Court

Monday, May 2, 2016

Ian Blue, Q.C. was the head of the legal team, including Law Clerk Linda Robinson, on behalf of the Canadian Constitutional Foundation and Gerard Comeau that won R. Comeau in New Brunswick Provincial Court, in which the decision was released on April 29, 2016. 

In the decision, the court accepted virtually all of Ian’s Argument about the prober interpretation of s. 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867 in his two 2010 papers, Long Overdue: A reappraisal of s. 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867 and  Free Trade Within Canada: Goodbye to Gold Seal. The decision is carefully written, based on undisputed evidence and reasoned in a manner that will be difficult to overturn. 

In the decision the court concluded that s. 121 of the Constitution Act guarantees freedom from all trade barriers between the provinces and that the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Gold Seal Ltd. v. Alberta (Attorney-General), (1921), 62 S.C.R. 424 that held otherwise, and three Supreme Court of Canada decisions that followed it, were wrongly decided.

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Ian Blue conducts interview with Vice Magazine on liquor monopolies.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Ian Blue recently conducted an interview with Vice magazine.

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Ian Blue and Anna Husa win application, determining right of a provincially created municipality to enforce its by-law upon a federally regulated airport

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ian Blue and Anna Husa win application, determining right of a provincially created municipality to enforce its by-law upon a federally regulated airport

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