By Jack Bingham
The province of Saskatchewan is “demanding” answers from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal government after it was found that federal employees have been sampling water from private farmland without the permission of the owners.
“We are demanding an explanation from federal Minister [Steven] Guilbeault on why his department is trespassing on private land without the owners’ permission to take water samples from dugouts,” Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe wrote Sunday on social media.
We are demanding an explanation from federal Minister Guilbeault on why his department is trespassing on private land without the owners’ permission to take water samples from dugouts.
Read Minister Cockrill’s letter below: https://t.co/Tu4AvbGTR6
— Scott Moe (@PremierScottMoe) August 21, 2022
Below the post, Moe shared the cease-and-desist letter written by the province’s minister of highways and minister responsible for the Water Security Agency Jeremy Cockrill.
In the cease-and-desist request, Cockrill stated there are “serious issues requiring immediate clarification and explanation” on behalf of Trudeau’s Liberal government, as “Saskatchewan producers in the Pense, Mossbank and Pilot Butte areas” have “contracted the Government of Saskatchewan and raised serious concerns about Government of Canada employees … trespassing on private lands.”
We are demanding an explanation from federal Minister @s_guilbeault on why his department is trespassing on private land without the owners’ permission to take water samples from dugouts. We have received reports of this occurring in several places throughout Saskatchewan. pic.twitter.com/CDKUtSkPhM
— Jeremy Cockrill (@jeremycockrill) August 21, 2022
“When approached by producers, these employees indicated that they were testing water sources for pesticide/nitrate levels,” relays Cockrill’s statement, adding that since “a producer’s dugout” is “privately owned,” and that the government did not “request permission” before carrying out the tests, an immediate explanation is warranted.
Cockrill went on to explain that when the Canada Water Agency was being created, it was made clear by the Trudeau government that it would “not infringe on provincial jurisdiction” and that this “attempt at covert testing of water bodies on private lands … has created unnecessary fear and disruption to our citizens while also displaying a disappointing act of bad faith.”
The minister also explained that “under current Saskatchewan law,” it is a criminal offence pursuant to The Trespass to Property Act for an employee of the federal government to enter a private premises without “consent of the occupier.”
“As the Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency, I am advising that all federal employees should immediately cease and desist any further surreptitious entry on private lands, discontinue all testing activities where samples are inappropriate acquired, and that the relevant federal department contact the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency to advise it of the extent and scope of this testing project,” wrote Cockrill, adding that a failure to do so “could have significant consequences,” including “up to six months imprisonment.”
“We look forward to your immediate response.”
As reported by LifeSiteNews, despite the devastating impact fertilizer-reduction policies have had in Sri Lanka and the Netherlands, Trudeau and his federal government have doubled down on their desire to cut the use of integral nitrogen-based fertilizer under the guise of climate change.
Since then, agriculturally-dependent provinces such as Saskatchewan and Alberta have demanded Trudeau rethink his proposal, indicating that his plan could result in both massive income loss and reduced crop yield for Canadian farmers.
A recent report from Fertilizer Canada supports such worries, finding that if Trudeau’s goal of reducing emissions by 30 percent is met, “a farmer with 1000 acres of canola and 1000 acres of wheat stands to have their profit reduced by approximately $38,000-$40,500 annually.”