Supreme Court will hear Port Clements

  • Jan. 23, 2004 1:00 p.m.

The Supreme Court of Canada has given the village of Port Clements permission to intervene in the “TFL 39” case which it will hear in March.
Port made the unusual request to intervene in December, saying that it didn’t believe its interests would be represented by the provincial government.
The case, which will be heard March 24 and 25 in Ottawa, involves the province of BC and Weyerhaeuser Co. Ltd. versus the Council of the Haida Nation, over whether the province should have transferred TFL 39 from MacMillan Bloedel to Weyerhaeuser.
Port joins a long list of intervenors, including the federal government, eight provinces, several First Nations, and business organizations like the Council of Forest Industries.
The village’s position is that its continued existence depends on a sustainable forest industry, and that the best way to achieve this goal is through agreements with the Haida Nation, according to the statement it sent to the court in December.