OTTAWA, Ontario (LifeSiteNews) –– Canadians in at least four provinces will face steep increases in their electric power bills under the forthcoming Clean Electricity Regulations, the federal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has admitted.
According to Blacklock’s Reporter, the federal government’s own data shows that Canadians in Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia will pay no less than 15 percent more for electricity once the new regulations come into full effect, with Trudeau’s Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault remarking positively because it’s “time to roll up our sleeves.”
Guilbeault said to reporters that the federal government has given provinces “time to prepare” for the new rules, despite strong opposition from the governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan, which are fully opposed to the new rules.
The federal government’s analysis shows that by 2040, people living in these four provinces will pay significantly more.
However, some provincial leaders are fighting back against the new energy regulations, with Alberta Premier Danielle Smith again vowing Alberta will not follow Trudeau’s new regulations and has vowed to disobey any such regulations.
“We will never allow these regulations to be implemented here, full stop,” said Smith on Monday at a press conference.
“If it comes down to it, we are going to do our own thing. We have to.”
Smith warned that should Trudeau’s rules be put in place, “we’re looking at massive immediate increases to power bills for every Albertan, making life more expensive for families and businesses.”
“So let me be clear, any plan that makes electricity more expensive and less reliable is a bad plan and the Clean Electricity Regulations are an exceptionally bad, poorly thought out and illogical plan,” she added.
The draft version of the Clean Electricity Regulations states that there will be billions of higher costs associated with so-called “green” power, especially in the resource-rich provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, which uses natural gas and coal to fuel power plants.
The government claims that “significant new investment” is needed in “green” power, and that is why its new regulations stipulate that by 2035 all provinces must have “net-zero” power generation.
This May, Guilbeault declared that violating environmental regulations banning the use of coal and gas-fired power after 2035 might result in criminal sanctions.
The Trudeau government also recently threatened to withhold billions of taxpayer dollars from provinces that continue to use their natural resources, such as natural gas, oil and coal, to generate electricity beyond 2035.
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has also promised to fight back against Trudeau’s new regulations.
In 2022, Moe blasted Trudeau’s environmental policy goals, stating that a “fossil fuel phase-out by 2035″ is “going to make for an awfully cold house in Saskatoon on Jan. 1, 2036.”
In June, Smith condemned the Trudeau government’s “Sustainable Jobs Act,” a part of the new energy regulations, reaffirming her past promise to defend her “province’s constitutional jurisdiction” over its “natural resources” and “energy workforce.”
The Trudeau government’s current environmental goals – which are 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 – of which Trudeau and some of his cabinet are involved.
While Trudeau’s plan has been pushed under the guise of “sustainability,” his intention to decrease nitrous oxide emissions by limiting the use of fertilizer has been criticized by farmers. They say this will reduce profits and could even lead to food shortages.
Moreover, experts are warning that the Trudeau government’s new “clean fuel” regulations, which come into effect next year, will cost Canadian workers – many of whom are already struggling under decades-high inflation rates – an average $1,277 extra annually.