Trudeau’s green agenda has threatened the livelihood of Prairies farmers. Trudeau’s blindness to farmers’ concerns is lethal for Canada’s future. But then his interests lie in following directs from American and Chinese masters.
But, Prairies farmers won’t let Trudeau sell Canada’s future. They’re fighting back.
As part of a strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the Justin Trudeau administration is proposing a 30% decrease in fertiliser emissions from 2020 levels by 2030.
Farmers have opposed the proposal, the plan would result in fewer crops, which would limit Canada’s ability to thwart a food crisis in the near future. The proposal has been opposed on a large scale in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba. Especially, Saskatchewan which is a major producer of agricultural products in Canada. According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan earned $5.6 billion from canola commodities between 2017 and 2021, $3.5 billion from wheat, and $1.5 billion from cattle and calves.
In a policy paper, Saskatchewan’s leader Scott Moe asserted that the federal government’s environmental policies would cost Saskatchewan $111 billion over a period of 12 years.
The move towards Organic farming presents a big challenge to farmers across the world. The Netherlands, an agricultural superpower, has been forced with similar law where the government has asked the farmers to reduce ammonia emissions from farming by 40% by 2030. If that happens, over the next eight years, about 11,000 of the 31,000 Dutch livestock farmers will have to cease operations. The remaining farmers will have to scale back their operations or spend money on cutting-edge technologies like robots that clean manure and genetically modified animal feed.
A similar fate will be thrust upon Canadian farmers. Therefore, to oppose Canada’s dictatorial policies, Saskatchewan put the ‘Saskatchewan First Act’ into action. According to the act, the province is in charge of regulating environmental standards, greenhouse gas emissions, and other emissions.
Saskatchewan Justice Minister Bronwyn Eyre stated that the Liberal government’s plan to reduce fertilizer emissions has raised concerns in her state.
Eyre stated in a recent interview with reporters that the Saskatchewan First Act, also known as Bill 88, was a response to “intrusive federal policies,” using the example of fertiliser emission limitations as an example.
Manitoba also made it clear that it would oppose any attempt to limit the use of fertilizer after lawmakers introduced a resolution urging the federal government to do the same in October. The prairie provinces are coming up against Trudeau’s dictatorship and they want to draw lines between federal and provincial jurisdiction.
Alberta already brought the “Alberta Sovereignty Act” to refrain the federal government to interfere in its policies.
There is a clear and genuine reason why this policy by Trudeau is facing such opposition. You see, if Trudeau’s policy to decrease fertilizer emissions is implemented, it’ll establish the monopolies of the United States and China in food imports. Canada’s independence in food security will be stripped. The United States is the largest food importer to Canada. Over the years, China to has increased its share in food imports to Canada. Trudeau will be gifting Canada’s food security sovereignty to these nations.
But the prairies, which are the bread basket of Canada, have long acknowledged the detrimental effects that federal policies are having on the region’s economy. The interests of the people are currently being advanced by conservative premiers. They want to undo Justin Trudeau’s illogical decisions that have severely hurt the provinces’ economies by pulling the strings.
The provinces have the ability to grow their incredibly sustainable farming industries, but illogical federal environmental policies will never permit that. It’s now time for them to wrest control of their natural resources away from Ottawa.