Bully Boy

Alberta Responds to the Trudeau Agenda

Leighton B. U. Grey, K.C., Creator & Host of The Grey Matter Podcast

Remember that scene in “A Christmas Story” when little Ralphie finally decides that he is  tired of running from and being pushed around by big, bad, Scut Farkas? After years of  torment at the hands of this bully, Ralphie finally has had enough. He decides to reverse  course on the fight or flight response and something inside just snaps. Before he can even  realize what has occurred, he is on top of Farkas, hailing punches down upon the prostate  villain, who is lying on his back, sobbing and screaming for mercy. The scene reveals what  we have always known, and what our parents used to teach us in less gynocentric times: that  bullies are all cowards, and if you stand up to them and bloody their noses a little, it is likely  as not that they will leave you alone or even run away.  

Justin Trudeau is Alberta’s Scut Farkas. It all started back in 2010: 

“Canada isn’t doing well right now because it’s Albertans who control our community and socio-demographic agenda. It doesn’t work.”

Justin Trudeau

    Of course, this was a mere prelude to a kiss. The full brunt of his Scut Farkas assault upon  Alberta was all yet to come, awaiting only Trudeau’s rise to power in 2015. Since then, he has  repeatedly emerged from behind his rotted out fence in Ottawa to invoke various forms of  political violence upon Albertans. The resulting barrage has been both punishing and  constant. In no particular order: 

    (1) Despite expanding the size and scope of his Cabinet to record proportions, there are no  Albertans to be found there (please do not mention Ms. Freeland in this context); (2) Domestic and international pledges at G20, G7, WEF, EU, and climate conferences to close  the Alberta oil sands and extirpate fossil fuel production and consumption; (3) Imposition of successive climate taxes, which have no measurable impact at all upon the  faux catastrophe they claim to address; 

    (4) Prosecution of a climate tax reference case against Alberta, resulting in an absurdly  politicized Federal Court of Appeal decision essentially transferring exclusive Provincial  jurisdiction over natural resources to Ottawa; 

    (5) Permitting Quebec to kill the Energy East Pipeline, which would have invited significant  investment to Alberta, created thousands of jobs, and brought cheap, clean, Canadian  made energy to central Canada; 

    (6) Creation of successive climate change driven bills restricting and even prohibiting access  by Alberta energy producers to tidewater, while inviting, promoting, and commissioning  delivery of foreign oil to Canadian shores by nations with little or no credible climate  change programs; 

    (7) Unilateral renewal of the Equalization Program in 2019, despite its clear prejudicial impact  upon Albertans, and then ignoring entirely the 62% referendum vote against such renewal by  Albertans; 

    (8) Unilateral imposition of gun control legislation impacting rural Albertans, without cause  or consultation, or indeed any study whatsoever showing a nexus between such controls and  crime reduction; 

    (9) Unilateral imposition of fanatical climate change driven restrictions upon fertilizer  production and use by Alberta farmers, despite the tractor riots which such measures  precipitated in Holland;  

    (10) Refusal to even campaign in Alberta during successive re-election campaigns in 2019 &  2022; 

    (11) Notable and deliberate omission of Alberta from his notorious Canada 150 speech,  during which every other Province and Territory in Canada was mentioned;  (12) Public persecution of a courageous Alberta Métis grandmother named Tamara Lich,  simply because she had the temerity to help organize the greatest peaceful public protest in  Canadian history; 

    (13) Appointment of a convicted terrorist and climate change zealot as Environment Minister,  in direct response to Alberta’s Equalization Referendum; 

    (14) Public persecution of Rebel News, which has strong ties to the Alberta Sovereignty  movement through its CEO, Ezra Levant, and weaponization of mass media outlets to  publicly criticize Alberta and Albertans; & 

    (15) Persistent public attacks upon Conservative Premiers in AB over Covid-19 measures  which conflict with Federal Government dogma. 

    There are of course many other examples. These are but a sampling of the horrors  perpetrated by Trudeau and his government. He does not actually hate Alberta. What he  detests and cannot withstand, what frightens and dismays him is what Alberta represents:  Saskatchewan notwithstanding, the last bastion of prosperity, freedom, and national pride in  the nation formerly known as Canada. You see, Trudeau is an acolyte, a Leninist useful idiot  of a global cabal bent upon destruction of Canada and indeed the very concept of being  Canadian: 

    “There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada. Those qualities are what makes us the first post-national state.” 

    Justin Trudeau, 2015

    Those of us born and raised in this country under a succession of previous Prime Ministers  (including Justin’s own father) who both held and promoted less radical views, find such  attacks upon Canadian values and identity more than upsetting; they are offensive. Not  content to reject the whole concept of a unifying Canadian ethos, core identity, or shared set  of values, Trudeau unilaterally changed the very words to our national anthem to make them  more “inclusive”. But in the next breath, as “inclusion” always does, he excluded most of us  from our national inheritance through open borders policies aimed at achievement of his  government’s post-nation state agenda: 

    “The very concept of a nation founded by European settlers is offensive to me. Old stock White Canadians are an unpleasant relic and quite frankly, replaceable. And we will replace them.” 

    Justin Trudeau

    Now, if all of this is a revelation to the reader, then please take a moment to collect yourself  and grab a cup of java, because there is yet more. Implicit in, and indeed part and parcel of  this post-nation state plan for Canada is destruction of Western hegemony and culture. The  

    Globalist interests which Trudeau and others serve has turned away from the U.S. led  international community fostered many decades of peace, prosperity, and human flourishing.  Instead, Trudeau has turned his gaze Eastward, to China: 

    “There is a level of admiration I actually have for China.”

    Justin Trudeau

    Having therefore established that Trudeau is a Bully Boy to Alberta and why, let us turn to  the recently joyful moment in which the courageous, newly minted Alberta Premier made  like Ralphie and finally bloodied the tyrant’s nose. 

    In typically hypocritical and passively aggressive fashion, Trudeau recently commented  publicly for the first time about the affront to his destroy Canada agenda which is the Alberta  Sovereignty Act (ASA). Passed into law only days ago, Trudeau described it as unprovoked  aggression against his almighty Federal government: 

    “The Sovereignty Act and Alberta is being moved forward as very much a political tool to try  and pick a fight with the federal government…And I’m not interested in fighting with the  Alberta government.” 

    Scut Farkas was not interested in fighting with Ralphie, either. But he did want his lunch  money. He did want Ralphie to fear him. He did want Ralphie to run. In short, he wanted to  be able to control Ralphie without the risks attendant to getting into a fight with him. Now,  the rules of engagement have changed, and the Bully Boy has revealed his cowardice. He  wants to dominate Alberta, but not at the expense of getting his nose bloodied. Consequently,  he will once again weaponize unfounded fears and stir up others to do his bidding.  

    Trudeau said that he and his government are concerned about the ASA and its sister, the  Saskatchewan First Act, claiming that they will bring challenges to “treaty rights that are  fundamental in Canada that need to be respected.” He added the oblique threat that  Albertans and indigenous people need a government spending money on them by building  homes, creating jobs, fighting climate change, protecting nature, and keeping communities  safe: 

    “There are so many things we need to work on together. And our focus as a government is  on being there for Albertans…we will stay focused on delivering for you, delivering for all  Albertans, indeed delivering for all people across this country who need governments that  work for them.” 

    This is not the first time that our national hypocrite has made bold, hollowed out, vague,  empty promises to Albertans. Witness this excerpt from a 2015 speech he made while  campaigning in Alberta to become our Prime Minister: 

    “Quite frankly, the federal government needs – as it needs to on so many levels – to be a better partner to provinces and municipalities with the challenges their citizens are facing. I think a federal government that collects appropriate data and actually understands what people are challenged with in their daily lives, and in their hopes and dreams, is going to be able to help with municipalities and provinces in addressing various challenges like these.”

    Justin Trudeau

    As a Constitutional lawyer, it is obvious to me that Trudeau has not read the ASA, or even  been properly briefed upon its contents. Just in case he takes the time to read this, and for the  edification of my readers, I shall now provide a brief synopsis of its finer points. 

    Most of what the leftist media is saying about the ASA is complete rubbish and comes from a  place of profound ignorance about the precise structure of Canadian federalism. The ASA, according to no less of an observer than former SCC Justice John Major, is hardly  unconstitutional. It does not obviate the Rule of Law, it does not circumvent the role of the  courts, nor does it pose any risk to existing indigenous rights. That might have been true of  earlier editions of the Bill, but I happen to agree with Mr. Justice Major that it will withstand  judicial scrutiny. 

    The Bill states: 

    “Nothing in this Act is to be construed as authorizing any order that would be contrary to the  Constitution of Canada…any directive to a person, other than a provincial entity, that would  compel the person to act contrary to or otherwise in violation of any federal law.” 

    These attacks upon the ASA stem mostly from a misunderstanding of how Canada is  Constitutionally structured. During a recent podcast interview with renowned Canadian  public intellectual, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Premier Smith quite adroitly explained that Canada is  a federation of sovereign jurisdictions. The federal government is sovereign within certain  specific areas of authority, including maritime law, the environment, the military, and  protection of our national borders. Similarly, the provinces are sovereign within their own  exclusive areas of jurisdiction, which include municipalities, education, health, and most  controversially for Alberta, natural resources. 

    The problem we face in Alberta is that successive Liberal governments, especially those  headed by men surnamed Trudeau (elder and younger) have mistaken “federal” for  “national”. Canada is a confederation, and as such has no national government. This  inconvenient truth has not however prevented the federal Liberals from attempting to alter  the fabric of Canadian federalism by increasingly encroaching into Constitutionally exclusive  areas of Provincial jurisdiction.  

    The ASA asserts Constitutional powers that already exist in law. The original Free Alberta  Strategy included proposals to ignore federal law, and these appear to be the ones about  which Justin Trudeau is so badly misinformed. Premier Smith has wisely not included these  in the ASA. According to the Supreme Court of Canada, there is nothing in the Constitution  requiring Alberta to enforce federal laws. Nor is Alberta compelled to cooperate with Ottawa  in terms of such enforcement—recent gun confiscation legislation being a prime example.  

    The greatest objection to the ASA appears to be new powers granted to the Provincial cabinet.  A motion can now be brought stating how a particular federal law violates provincial  jurisdiction, or is otherwise “harmful” to Albertans. The motion must outline a series of  actions that the government “should consider in respect of the federal initiative.” The issue  here is that the cabinet can make changes to provincial laws without taking amendments  before the legislature for debate or vote. This ostensibly offends the concept of representative  government, and resembles the authority which Ottawa has under its Emergencies Act. This  does not, however, render the ASA unconstitutional; particularly since the power exercised  by cabinet is delegated to the executive by the AB legislature. 

    The net effect of the ASA is not to claim new powers, but instead to assert the existing legal  authority provided in s.92 of the Constitution Act to prevent Ottawa from continuing its  persistent campaign of encroachment into Provincial sovereignty. Put another way, it is only  because the federal government has picked a fight with Alberta by violating the Constitution  that the ASA is even necessary. Indeed, in a properly operating Confederation, the ASA  would be entirely superfluous.  

    Justin Trudeau does not realize this, but his trusty legal advisors are no doubt able to tell him  that his government has the option to take the ASA before the Supreme Court of Canada for a  direct reference concerning its constitutionality. Trudeau has now signaled publicly that he  has no appetite for such a direct confrontation with Alberta or her new Premier. For now at  least, Scut Farkas has retreated back behind his rotted fence, his nose bloodied and bruised by  the upstart Ralphie. If I may be so bold, I suggest that Premier Smith send a replica of a certain item to the Prime Minister as a “Holiday” gift, since his atheistic, post-modern, post nation state, post-truth government no longer acknowledges Christmas. Surely the self avowed feminist would offer no objection?