In theory, Canadians are pretty comfortable with the polluter pay principle, at least when it applies to other people. (We do not seem to feel the same way about carbon taxes.) In theory, the polluter-pay principle ensures that polluters, rather than the public or the immediate victims of pollution, bear the cost of repairing damage done to the natural environment.
As described by the Supreme Court of Canada in Imperial Oil Ltd. v. Quebec (Minister of the Environment):
In fact, that principle has become firmly entrenched in environmental law in Canada. It is found in almost all federal and
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