Alberta needs more power.
On Saturday, the coldest night Albertans have experienced in decades, a critical emergency alert was issued by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) - cautioning Albertans about potential rotating power outages due to high power demand, and urging them to reduce their electricity usage.
As we hurtle towards the New Year, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support and engagement throughout the last year.
If you read our email from last week, you know it was a long one.
But that's because we accomplished a lot!
We faced challenges together.
We celebrated victories together.
We initiated conversations and helped shift the window of what is politically possible.
We showed resilience.
When I sat down to write our 2023 Year in Review, I thought it was going to be a walk in the park.
But, early in the process, it became glaringly obvious that this was going to be a much bigger job than I'd originally planned.
That's because once you put it all down on paper, it's actually insane how much we’ve done this year.
We were in the trenches, fighting for every inch.
We had some wins.
We moved the ball.
However, as Winston Churchill once said:
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts."
And continue we shall.
Over the weekend, the Canada Strong and Free Network organized its annual networking conference in Red Deer, during which I participated in a panel on the merits of establishing an Alberta Pension Plan.
Joined by University of Calgary Economics professor Trevor Tombe and Cory Morgan from the Western Standard, and moderated by the CFSN Chair, Michael Binnion, I debated several different aspects of the plan, and thought it would be useful to share my insights with you.
This morning, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Impact Assessment Act is unconstitutional.
Commonly known as the “No More Pipelines Law”, the law was passed by the federal Liberals in 2019 but, as we've outlined ever since, the law was actually much worse than even its nickname suggests.
On Thursday, Canada’s Environment Minister, Steven Guilbeault, released the draft Clean Electricity Regulations - otherwise known as the much anticipated, incredibly expensive, and entirely unconstitutional net-zero 2035 electricity generation targets.
Ottawa is even threatening punitive measures for those who don't comply, with Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announcing that billions of dollars in tax credits and grants will be tied to a province's plan to reach net-zero.
Saskatchewan and Alberta have both pushed back strongly against the regulations already.
In a press conference yesterday, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith reiterated that Alberta “will never allow these regulations to be implemented here - full stop.”
This dispute, though, is almost certainly heading to court over constitutional jurisdiction.
If you have been paying attention, there's been some big hits coming out of Ottawa this summer.
But we’re not talking about Billboard's “Songs of the Summer” hit list.
These hits are the relentless attacks on our energy industry coming from the federal government.
Last week, Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister, Steven Guilbeault, held a press conference to announce the end of what he called "fossil fuel subsidies".
We got a quick initial analysis to you about the government’s plan straight away, while also planning to get you a more detailed analysis as soon as possible.
So, as promised, our team has been hard at work since the announcement, going through all the nitty gritty minutia of the government’s proposal, and here’s what we’ve uncovered.
Yesterday, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, held a press conference to announce the end of so-called "fossil fuel subsidies".
This eradication of fossil fuel subsidies was part of an agreement the Canadian government made with fellow G20 nations back in 2009.
But despite that decades-old promise, Ottawa is set to be the first country in the G20 to actually implement a "framework for eliminating inefficient fossil fuel subsidies" - not a single other country has followed through.
Alberta Premier Danielle Smith was on a mission last week and had three things on her mind: energy, energy, energy.
The interesting thing is, many of the other provinces now seem to be on the same page too.