Alberta premier-designate Danielle Smith says she’s ready to take the fight to Ottawa for Alberta’s autonomy to develop its sources, in order that it could possibly construct pipelines to get oil and gasoline to market and enhance the forestry and agriculture sectors.
“We’ve always been treated like a subordinate level of government,” she stated in an interview on CTV’s Question Period, airing Sunday. “We’ve acted like it. But we’re going to stop acting like that. We’re going to take our place as a senior partner in Confederation.”
Smith additionally plans to take the federal carbon tax again to the Supreme Court, after it dominated simply final yr that the coverage is constitutional.
She added that Alberta deserves respect for being one of many largest economies within the nation, and echoed parts of her Thursday night time election victory speech that Albertans is not going to be “silenced and censored,” and the province will not “ask permission from Ottawa to be prosperous and free.”
“We will not have our resources landlocked or our energy phased out of existence by a virtue-signalling prime minister,” she stated throughout her speech. “Albertans, not Ottawa, will chart our own destiny on our own terms and we will work with our fellow Canadians to build the most free and prosperous country on earth.”
Smith informed CTV’s Question Period she is ready to work collaboratively with the federal authorities, however that she’s going to “push very hard” to get sources developed.
“They can take us to court if they want to stop us but I think we would win that battle,” she stated. “That’s what I’m looking forward to.”
Smith has promised to push for extra autonomy for Alberta all through her marketing campaign. The premier-designate hopes to desk her controversial Alberta Sovereignty Act by early December, following her plans to win a seat within the legislature throughout a byelection launched as early as subsequent week.
The act would give the Alberta legislature the facility to ignore federal legal guidelines it deems not in the perfect curiosity of the province.
“I think that it’s only fair to the federal government to let them know we’re changing our relationship back to the way it was supposed to be,” Smith stated.
In a separate interview additionally airing Sunday, Federal Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson informed CTV’s Question Period that though Alberta is “pushing at the edges in terms of some of these issues,” there are nonetheless alternatives to work collectively, together with at his Regional Energy and Resource Tables.
“I continue to be of the view that this federation works best when we find pathways to work together, understanding that there are always some differences that exist,” he stated.
As for Smith’s promise to take the federal carbon tax again to the Supreme Court — arguing latest power and affordability crises are “new information” the courtroom ought to take into account earlier than making a brand new ruling — Wilkinson stated he believes “that issue has largely been settled.”
“That’s up to the courts as to whether they accept a new challenge, but I would say from a legal perspective, I think the bar is very high,” he stated. “It would be very unusual for I think the Supreme Court to rehear a case and just decided, and almost certainly there would be a process that one would have to go through and the arguments would really have to be fundamentally new arguments.”
“But of course Alberta is free to try again through the courts if it feels that that is something that is worth doing,” he added. “I would just say, I think the issue is settled. There are ways in which we can actually move forward without spending a lot more money litigating an issue that I think has been already done.”