Alberta Premier Danielle Smith wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to find a new Environment Minister

More urgent for Alberta Premier Danielle Smith than the timing of the next federal election is for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to find a new federal environment minister.

A recent survey by Nanos Research states that 46 percent of respondents want the next election to be held as soon as possible, or in 2024.

Smith was asked about the poll, and whether he thinks Albertans want to go to the polls before the currently scheduled October 2025, in an interview on CTV’s Your Morning on Friday.

In response, Smith did not specify his hopes for the next election, but said his province is looking for “an immediate change in Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.”

“So they can start there and then we’ll see when we go to the elections,” he said.

Smith said he has “a couple of good relationships with some federal ministers” who he believes are “true defenders of our province,” mentioning Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, as examples of members of Trudeau’s cabinet. who have worked with her on recent projects.

“So I would say there are some ministers we can work with, but we can’t work with Steven Guilbeault,” Smith added.

The prime minister also repeated that she believes Guilbeault is “acting completely outside… the Constitution,” “acting illegally” and that he “defies and disrespects the provinces,” accusations she had previously made in reference to the recently oil measures announced by the federal government. and emissions limit of the gas sector.

Meanwhile, Guilbeault told CTV Question Period host Vassy Kapelos last month that the federal government has “a chance” to meet its goals if it stays on its current path.

“We believe we have very solid legal and constitutional grounds,” Guilbeault said of capping emissions from the oil and gas sector. “Alberta and Saskatchewan are challenging virtually everything we have done to combat climate change in court. We can anticipate that this will not be an exception.”

Guilbeault also told the Senate in November that he has no plans to resign, even if there are exceptions to the federal government’s carbon pricing plan in the future, after telling The Canadian Press there would be no more exemptions to the plan as long as he looks after environment. Minister.

In response to a question during the Your Morning interview about his stance on working with the federal government on environmental protection and clean energy in general, Smith said Alberta has its own plans and Ottawa’s goals are unworkable.

Alberta and the federal government have repeatedly clashed over the Liberals’ deadline to achieve net-zero electricity grid by 2035, which Smith said will “not only hinder our growth, but is unattainable.”

“So we simply ask for a reasonable approach. We believe we can reach carbon neutrality by 2050,” he stated. “We believe we are responsible and ensure reliability and affordability while achieving our goals.”

Smith also discussed his proposal to withdraw Alberta from the Canada Pension Plan (an idea that the federal government and other premiers have strongly opposed) and his proposed reforms to Alberta Health Services to divide care delivery province’s medical team in four different agencies.


You can watch Smith’s full interview detailing his 2024 priorities on CTV’s Your Morning in the video player at the top of this article.


With files from Rachel Aiello, CTVNews.ca Senior Digital Parliamentary Reporter

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