Canada’s highest court has just smashed the Liberal government’s absurd woke gender analysis regime for pipelines.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled today that Ottawa’s Impact Assessment Act (IAA), formerly known as Bill C-69 or the “Don’t Build Anything Anywhere Anytime Act,” is largely unconstitutional. The landmark ruling is one of the most significant removals of red-tape for energy development to date.
In effect, the Supreme Court of Canada just lit Steven Guilbeault’s and Justin Trudeau’s radical environmental policy on fire.
This piece of legislation, enacted in 2019, had granted federal regulators the authority to consider potential environmental and ill-defined “social impacts” in various resource and infrastructure projects. In reality, it was an ideological litmus test written in bad faith and meant to trip up new energy projects.
In the four years it has taken to strike it down, billions of dollars of investment has evaporated. The Teck Frontier Mine was the largest project that was publicly roadblocked by Ottawa
Trudeau suppressed pipelines with woke gender policies
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s so-called gender analysis of projects was nothing short of a cynical ruse, a political tactic concocted by the Liberals to suppress development in Alberta for years.
When the Impact Assessment Act was introduced, it brought with it a provision mandating the consideration of “the intersection of sex and gender with other identity factors” in federal impact assessments, which came to be known as the gender-based analysis-plus provision.
Even environmental lawyers at the time remarked how the bill was intentionally mired in confusion and vague expectations.
The expansion of impact assessments, to include “the intersection of sex and gender with other identity factors,” was a manifestation of the Liberal government’s obsession with gender identity and woke ideology.
Danielle Smith called out Trudeau’s anti-pipeline policies
Alberta Premier Danielle Smith was correct when she called the law “an existential threat to Alberta’s economy” on Friday while reacting to the ruling.
“Alberta will simply not accept being handcuffed by Ottawa’s unfair overreach with another blatant attempt to erode the constitutional authority of the provinces as equal and sovereign orders of government,” said Smith.
“I hope that Ottawa will learn from this mistake.”
Fortunately, the Supreme Court has now aligned itself with the sentiments of the majority of Canadians who want to see Canada prosper. In a 5-2 decision, Chief Justice Richard Wagner pronounced that a majority of the law was unconstitutional.
Trudeau hates pipelines, but it’s time to build
It is high time for Canada to move beyond the Trudeau legacy of putting ideology and incompetence over prosperity. With the removal of this unnecessary roadblock, Canada has a golden opportunity to prioritize our energy future and foster an economic boom.
The era of the woke gender analysis of projects within the exclusive domain of the provinces may have come to an end, but the untapped potential of our nation remains vast and waiting to be unleashed. It is now critical that we get people to work, start digging and release the energy taps.
Today’s ruling is not just a victory in itself; it serves as a launchpad for challenging the multitude of other unconstitutional overreaches committed by the Trudeau government. Whether it’s Trudeau’s attempt to regulate the internet via the draconian Bill C-11, the Clean Electricity Regulations that threaten to plunge Albertans into blackouts or the disastrous gun ban, there are more roadblocks to be dismantled.
The world needs Canadian energy
Canadians shouldn’t expect Trudeau and his radical left cronies to give up their attempt to cripple the economy and the nation’s energy security, only an election will put an end to it. However, the world is currently experiencing a critical need for Canadian energy resources like never before. Europe, in particular, is grappling with an urgent demand for clean natural gas as it tried to wean off Russian energy.
Trudeau’s claim that there was no “business case” to provide energy to Europe no longer stands. Today, the business case is clear. With the removal of bureaucratic red tape, Canada is uniquely positioned to become a global energy powerhouse.