CALGARY, Alberta (LifeSiteNews) –– Alberta Premier Danielle Smith gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a swift rebuke regarding his government’s “climate change” targets, telling him to his face that it won’t be “possible” for her province to reach his Net Zero emissions aims by 2035.
“I’ve indicated to the prime minister that that is not possible by 2035, which is the federal target, we’ve told that to our experts here,” Smith said to reporters last Friday afternoon at a press conference in Calgary, with Trudeau sitting right next to her.
“We also know that an emissions cap, or emissions reduction, such as one proposed of 42 percent by 2030, but [that] also results in essentially a production cap… we don’t think [that] is realistic or feasible as well.”
Most of the electricity in Alberta is generated from either coal or natural gas, both of which the province has in abundance.
Trudeau was in Calgary for a few days late last week to both attend the annual world-famous Stampede event, as well as pump up his local Liberal candidate in the running for the Calgary-Heritage federal by-election which will be held on July 24.
While Smith thanked Trudeau for meeting with her and agreeing to “form a bilateral working group with Alberta to find solutions,” she said that there is still a long “ways to go.”
“Although the meeting was constructive, there are still several concerning issues that need to be resolved if Alberta and the federal government are to reach an agreement on an emissions-reduction plan that will simultaneously secure a reliable and affordable electricity grid, protect Alberta workers and drive economic growth in our energy sector for decades,” she noted in a press release.
As for Trudeau, he asserted that there is a good working affiliation already in place between “our ministers and our folks.”
He added that Smith “highlighted one of the great achievements we’re looking towards, which is this working group.”
Alberta has ‘sovereign’ authority over its natural resources, Smith reminded Trudeau
Smith, in a Twitter post on Friday, reiterated that Alberta, as per Canada’s constitution, “has sovereign jurisdiction over our energy production.”
I want to thank Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau for committing to form a bilateral working group with Alberta to find solutions, but we still have a ways to go…
Alberta has sovereign jurisdiction over our energy production. We cannot accept any unrealistic emissions caps (de… pic.twitter.com/y9H40a1hnF
— Danielle Smith (@ABDanielleSmith) July 8, 2023
“We cannot accept any unrealistic emissions caps (de facto production caps) on our oil and natural gas industry. We also find the 2035 net zero targets for electricity to be unachievable and will put the reliability and affordability of our power grid at risk,” she wrote.
Trudeau’s government wants a net-zero Canada by 2035, but Smith has said this would only be possible by 2050.
Alberta is not just home to the largest oil and gas reserves in Canada, but also ranks fourth in the entire world for such reserves, behind only Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, making the sector integral to the province’s economy and way of life. It also contributes billions of dollars to Canada’s general economy.
This dependence on oil and gas has made Alberta the largest provincial target for the Trudeau government’s “climate change” agenda.
The Trudeau government’s current environmental goals – which are in lockstep with the United Nations’ “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” – include phasing out coal-fired power plants, reducing fertilizer usage, and curbing natural gas use over the coming decades.
The reduction and eventual elimination of so-called “fossil fuels” and a transition to unreliable “green” energy has also been pushed by the World Economic Forum (WEF) – the globalist group behind the socialist “Great Reset” agenda of which Trudeau and some of his cabinet are involved.
In 1980, Trudeau’s father, then-Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, famously attacked Alberta’s oil and gas sectors by introducing the much-hated national energy program (NEP), which severely hampered Alberta’s and other provinces’ energy industries.
Smith said late last year that Trudeau Junior’s “just transition” plan will make his father’s NEP look like child’s play, but nonetheless vowed this will not stop her from fighting back.
Smith’s vows to use her province’s ‘Sovereignty Act’ if needs be
In her Friday press release, Smith said clearly that if “Ottawa does not recognize and support Alberta’s exclusive right to regulate these sectors of our economy, our province will have no choice but to use alternative policy options to protect our rights independent of federal interference.”
“Failing to reach an agreement on these matters would be an unprecedented missed opportunity that would cost our country tens of billions in economic investment and countless jobs from coast to coast. We look forward to starting the working group as soon as possible,” she noted.
Despite this, two weeks ago the Trudeau government went ahead with the tabling of its “Sustainable Jobs Act” – a piece of legislation that seeks to push those in the oil and gas industry into “greener” jobs, and represents just one aspect of the government’s broader “Just Transition” plan.
Smith has before blasted Trudeau’s “Just Transition” agenda, and has vowed it will not be enforced in Alberta.
In an attempt to assert more provincial autonomy, Smith’s government last fall passed into law the Sovereignty Act, which she says will aid in her ability to ensure the province has say over the use of its natural resources.
When Smith met with Trudeau earlier this year, she gave him a frosty reception, telling him bluntly that oil and gas are here to stay and that her province will not allow attacks on its energy industry to continue.
While Smith herself, as previously reported by LifeSiteNews, is popular among conservative for her anti-COVID mandate messaging and her defense of Alberta’s resource sector, she has a track-record of being pro-LGBT and pro-abortion, a fact that has made her a target of the province’s largest pro-life organization.