OTTAWA, Ontario (LifeSiteNews) — After the Supreme Court of Canada declared the federal government’s “no-more pipelines” law largely unconstitutional, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault now says Ottawa will “collaborate” with the provinces.
On October 13, Liberal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault responded to the Supreme Court’s decision finding the Trudeau government’s 2019 Impact Assessment Act (IAA), dubbed the “no-more pipelines” bill by critics, largely unconstitutional, by saying that the federal government is willing to “collaborate” with the provinces.
“We accept the court’s opinion,” he said during a virtual media meeting last Friday. “It provides new guidance on the Impact Assessment Act, while explicitly affirming the right of the government of Canada to put in place impact assessment legislation and collaborate with provinces on environmental protection.”
The Supreme Court declared that most of the IAA was unconstitutional with the exception of Sections 81 to 91, which refer to projects under federal authority on federal lands, or outside Canada. Therefore, those projects would fall under federal jurisdiction and are not unconstitutional for the federal government to regulate.
However, the Court’s ruling did restore provincial autonomy over projects that don’t fall under federal jurisdiction, determining that the Trudeau government’s requirement that all provincial natural resource projects conform to the Liberals’ social and “climate change” policies is unconstitutional.
“We developed the Impact Assessment Act to create a better set of rules that respect the environment, Indigenous rights and ensure projects get assessed in a timely way,” Guilbeault added. “We remain committed to these principles.”
“We will now take this back and work quickly to improve the legislation through Parliament,” Guilbeault announced.
“Can you clarify what sort of timeline you might have?” asked a reporter.
“I can’t really answer that question right now,” replied the minister.
The Court’s decision was viewed favorably by Alberta Premier Danielle Smith, but Guilbeault’s comments following the ruling were not.
Smith expressed little intention of working with Ottawa, whose aim seems to be focused on severely restricting Alberta’s use of natural resources.
“Today’s decision significantly strengthens our legal position,” Smith told reporters. “If they’re trying to pretend that they somehow still have the right to proceed with those offensive pieces of legislation that are clearly in our jurisdiction, they’re fooling themselves.”
The decision is a hard-fought victory for Alberta, which previously labeled the IAA as the “no more pipelines” bill under then-Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, and which has fought against the bill since its passing in 2019.
In 2022, the Alberta Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the province’s grievance, determining that “[t]he federal government’s invocation of concerns about the environment and climate change that all provincial governments and Canadians share is not a basis on which to tear apart the constitutional division of powers.”
Beyond the IAA, Alberta has been consistent in its fight against Trudeau’s push for increased energy regulations, with Smith repeatedly refusing to submit to the Liberal government’s demands, warning that Canadians could freeze in the winter if new “clean” electricity and energy regulations are enforced.
Late last month, Smith announced that she is preparing to use her province’s Sovereignty Act to fight the electricity regulations if the Trudeau government does not relent.
The draft version of the federal government’s “Clean Electricity Regulations” (CER) states that there will be 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 warned that the Trudeau government’s fast-paced “green” transition could lead to unreliability in the power grid.
In addition to Smith, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has likewise promised to fight back against Trudeau’s new regulations, saying recently that “Trudeau’s net-zero electricity regulations are unaffordable, unrealistic and unconstitutional.”
“They will drive electricity rates through the roof and leave Saskatchewan with an unreliable power supply. Our government will not let the federal government do that to the Saskatchewan people,” he charged.
The Trudeau government’s current environmental goals – 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 the use 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 – an organization which Trudeau and some of his cabinet are involved.