Expropriations Require Balance Between Landowners Rights and Public Interests
Stephen Waque, a senior partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP whose practice focuses on expropriation law, highlights the fine line between public and private interests when expropriating land for public development.
The fundamental characteristic of expropriation is that an owner is dispossessed of a real property interest without the owner’s consent. There can be no greater compromise of a right or interest in a free and democratic society than the bald fact that a public authority can take that interest away without the owner’s consent except, perhaps, to take it away without right of compensation or due process.
Stephen Waqué is a senior partner with BLG and a founding director and past president of the Ontario Expropriation Association. He has more than 30 years experience in the practice of expropriation legislation and real estate law. Stephen is the author of New Law of Expropriation, a two-volume reference text that deals comprehensively with government acquisitions of real estate and business interests, and is considered an authority in Canada. For more information on Stephen Waque please visithttp://www.blg.com/en/home/our-professionals/Pages/Waque-Stephen.aspx