Alberta Premier Danielle Smith has announced she will invoke the Sovereignty Act in a bid to protect Alberta’s energy security from the Trudeau Government’s regulations.
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In a statement, the United Conservative Party (UCP) said they never wanted to invoke the Sovereignty Act — a bill they proposed and passed in December 2022 — but said it’s needed to protect Albertans from the Trudeau Government’s Clean Electricity Regulations (CERs).
“We have tried to work with Ottawa to align their emissions-reduction efforts with our provincial plan to achieve a carbon-neutral power grid by 2050. Unfortunately, after months of meetings, they continue to reject this opportunity and remain committed to an absurdly unrealistic and unattainable goal of a net-zero power grid by 2035,” the statement reads.
Government house leader Joseph Schow gave oral notice of the Sovereignty Within a United Canada Act resolution, which will be debated on Tuesday, before inevitably getting passed given the UCP has a majority government.
The resolution, as read by Schow, calls for provincial authorities to refrain from enforcing the feds’ electricity regulations, “to the extent legally permissible.”
Schow also indicated the UCP will launch a legal challenge against