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Danielle Smith Warns Trudeau Government She's Going Ahead With Natural Gas Projects Despite Regulations

Anthony Murdoch : Dec 1, 2023  LifeSiteNews.com

"We're not going to sit and wait while they break the law, drag their feet, make us take them to court, spend years creating economic uncertainty for our investors." -Danielle Smith.

(Edmonton, Alberta) [LifeSiteNews] After Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault brushed off Alberta Premier Danielle Smith's invocation of the "Sovereignty Act" as being merely "symbolic," the Alberta leader warned him that her province will be building new gas-fired power plants regardless of his new "clean energy" rules. (Screengrab image)

"Well, he [Guilbeault] will learn that if he does not back down from his outrageous and unconstitutional targets of 2035, it'll be more than symbolic," said Smith Tuesday after being asked by a reporter about Guilbeault's comments.

"We'll proceed with developing our baseload power on natural gas with the best available technology."

Smith said that the use of the Sovereignty Act, which was invoked on Monday for the purpose of shielding Alberta from future power blackouts due to federal government overreach, will help the province "make sure that we are able to shield any corporation from any kind of criminal liability." 

"Whether that means that we have to de-risk it by being the generator of last resort or we have to purchase some of those plants so that we operate them ourselves, so that we're able to continue on with having a reliable power grid," she said.

The Sovereignty Actresolution calls on Alberta's cabinet to "order all provincial entities not to recognize the constitutional validity of, enforce, nor cooperate in the implementation of the CERs [Clean Electricity Regulations] in any manner, to the extent legally permissible." 

Guilbeault on Monday came out with a statementconcerning Alberta's invocation of the Sovereignty Act, claiming that its use will "create fear and uncertainty over collaboration and positive results for Albertans."

He also later claimed while speaking to reporters that Smith's action using the Sovereignty Act is just "symbolic."

After announcing Monday that she has had "enough" of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's extreme environmental rules, Smith said her province has no choice but to assert control over its electricity grid to combat federal overreach. 

Unlike most provinces in Canada, Alberta's electricity industry is nearly fully deregulated. However, the government still has the ability to take control of it at a moment's notice.

A draft version of the federal government's CERs introduced by Guilbeault projects billions in higher costs associated with a so-called "green" power transition, especially in the resource-rich provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, which use natural gas and coal to fuel power plants.

Business executives in Alberta's energy sector have also sounded the alarm over the Trudeau government's "green" transition, saying it could lead to unreliability in the power grid.

While speaking to reporters Tuesday, Smith noted how Alberta will proceed with ensuring its power grid is stable and secure, and that the province will not "sit and wait" around for the Trudeau government to continue breaking "the law..." Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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