OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) — Alberta Premier Danielle Smith revealed that an invitation to speak before the House of Commons was withdrawn amid the province’s ongoing campaign against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s energy regulations that threaten to compromise Canada’s energy sector.
On October 12, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith announced that she was disinvited from speaking at the House of Commons for the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development after she said that she would attend rather than send a delegate.
“On Tuesday I accepted on behalf of the Government of Alberta an invitation to appear (…) at the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development,” she posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Today they sent a letter rejecting my attendance.”
“That was the fastest response we’ve ever received from the feds — apparently they don’t want me to testify about electricity grid reliability or our pursuit of carbon neutrality by 2050 after all … wonder why?” Smith questioned.
On Tuesday I accepted on behalf of the Government of Alberta an invitation to appear appear at the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. Today they sent a letter rejecting my attendance.
That was the fastest response we’ve ever received from the feds -… pic.twitter.com/c2WEk3Mnbk
— Danielle Smith (@ABDanielleSmith) October 12, 2023
The Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development will discuss on October 17 programs and legislature related to Canada’s environment, including Trudeau’s controversial plan to phase out fossil fuels across the country.
Initially, the Parliamentary Committee for the Environment and Sustainable Development invited members of Smith’s cabinet to testify at the meeting.
On October 11, Smith announced that she would personally attend the meeting rather than send a delegate to speak on her behalf.
“Ottawa seems intent on moving forward with their destructive and unconstitutional plans to reduce emissions on an unachievable timeline,” she wrote on X.
“Canada and Alberta are united in our pursuit of carbon neutrality by 2050; however, we disagree with Ottawa’s 2035 timeline that will increase the price of electricity and reduce reliability to Canadian homes and businesses,” she continued.
“I welcome the opportunity to share (…) Alberta’s position at this Committee hearing,” Smith added.
Ottawa seems intent on moving forward with their destructive and unconstitutional plans to reduce emissions on an unachievable timeline.
The Parliamentary Committee for the Environment and Sustainable Development invited members of my cabinet to testify, and as the Premier of… pic.twitter.com/6HxOfsy2st
— Danielle Smith (@ABDanielleSmith) October 11, 2023
The reasons for Smith’s invitation being withdrawn remain unclear. LifeSiteNews reached out to both the committee and Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia, chair of the committee, for clarification of the incident. However, neither responded by time of publication.
Smith’s disinvitation comes on the heels of Alberta’s recent campaign, Tell The Feds, which includes a petition and billboard truck advising all Canadians to tell the Trudeau government to stop restricting natural resources or Canadians will be left with the consequences.
Alberta has remained steadfast in their dedication to protect Canadians’ wellbeing, despite pressure from the Trudeau government.
Smith has repeatedly refused to submit to the Liberal government’s demands, warning that Canadians could freeze in the winter if the new “clean emissions” regulations are enforced.
Smith’s warnings are not unfounded. Alberta’s electric grid operator, AESO, warned that Trudeau’s 2035 net-zero power grid goal will mean instability for the western province and are “not feasible.”
Late last month, Smith announced that she is preparing to use her province’s Sovereignty Act to fight the energy regulations.
The draft version of the federal government’s CER states that there will be billions of 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.
In May, Minister of Environment Steven Guilbeault declared that violating environmental regulations banning the use of coal and gas-fired power after 2035 may even result in criminal sanctions, a statement that only increased the tension between the federal government and the provinces opposed to the proposed policies.
The Trudeau government also recently threatened to withhold billions of taxpayer money to provinces that will continue to use resources such as natural gas, oil and coal to generate electricity beyond 2035.
In addition to Smith, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has likewise promised to fight back against the 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 with which Trudeau and some of his cabinet are involved.