Alberta gov’t sends message to Trudeau warning him not to attempt to override provincial laws
The province’s ‘Sovereignty Act’ legislation is facing leftist pushback from the opposition NDP under former premier Rachel Notley as well as the country’s prime minister.
(LifeSiteNews) — The conservative government of Alberta under Premier Danielle Smith warned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, through a legislative motion, that it will not tolerate the federal government trying to invalidate any of its provincial laws.
“Be it resolved that the Legislative Assembly express its opposition to any action taken by the Government of Canada to disallow a law passed by the Legislative Assembly,” reads a motion put forth Wednesday in the Alberta Legislature by house leader Joseph Schow.
The motion comes after the Smith government passed its “Sovereignty Act” legislation despite leftist pushback from the opposition NDP under former premier Rachel Notley as well as Trudeau.
Notley had called upon Trudeau to possibly use federal powers called “disallowance” to stop Smith’s Sovereignty Act from passing. This move was blasted by the Smith government.
The use of disallowance by the federal government has not happened since the early 1940s, and its legality has been questioned by constitutional scholars. For Trudeau to use it against Alberta would trigger a constitutional crisis.
Trudeau said Smith’s Sovereignty Act is a political “tool” being used to pick a “fight” with his government despite earlier saying he would “work” with Alberta. He also said that all options were “on the table.”
United Conservative Party (UCP) MLAs under Smith put their full support behind the Sovereignty Act to quicken its passage, which will now become law once it receives Royal Assent.
However, Royal Assent is another area in which leftist influence could overturn the bill, in theory at least.
Alberta Lieutenant Governor Salma Lakhani, the King’s representative for the province, said before Smith became premier that she might try and stop the Sovereignty Act.
Lakhani made the comments before any form of the Sovereignty Act had been written, however.
She was appointed as Alberta’s lieutenant governor by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2020.