Dalhousie Law Journal


J McEvoyFollow


collective state ownership, natural resources, Atlantic Canada


Disputes over the ownership of resources off both the east and west coasts of Canada have recently been determined by the Supreme Court in favour of collective ownership by all Canadians, through federal Canada, rather than separate collective ownership by the adjacent citizens through their respective provinces.' These offshore disputes have involved state-province constitutional conflict and represent a higher plane application of common law concepts favouring individual ownership.