April 3, 2019
Trudeau seems to be paying attention to the events happening in France.
In particular, he’s taking inspiration from Macron’s initiative and thinks that it would be a good idea to try the same things that worked out so well for the French government in Canada.
Canada has imposed a landmark carbon tax on four provinces which had defied Ottawa’s push to combat climate change, prompting unhappy premiers to say they would challenge the measure.
The prime minister, Justin Trudeau, citing international commitments to fight global warming, had made clear for two years he would slap the tax on any of the 10 provinces that did not come up with their own plans by 1 April.
The measure is opposed by Ontario, the most populous province, where Trudeau’s Liberals need to do well to stand a chance of retaining power in a federal election this October.
Carbon pollution will initially cost C$20 ($15) a tonne, rising by C$10 a year until it reaches C$50 in 2022. It also applies in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick.
“As of today, it’s no longer free to pollute anywhere in Canada,” the environment minister, Catherine McKenna, said on Twitter.
This tax will be passed onto the regular tax-paying Canadian.
It will almost certainly mean having to pay more for gas to get to and from work in your car. In other words, this tax will disproportionately impact suburb-dwellers and ruralites. This sets the stage quite nicely because it is a very similar reason to the tax that led to the Yellow Vests taking to the streets of France.
Middle class Frenchmen didn’t appreciate the price hikes on gasoline that Macron imposed on them. That was the initial reason for the protests, and now it seems that they’re running on pure hatred of Macron and his over-the-top crackdown.
When you look at the situation, it’s clear that you have similar conditions in Canada.
A similar tax on a similarly struggling Canadian middle class by an out-of-touch homosexual politician might lead to a very similar reaction. If anything, Trudeau would be far more hapless than Macron. This thing would be easy, a walk in the park with a rake in hand for the Canucks.
They shouldn’t take it laying down. And they should call it “The Rake-ening” or something equally lulzy.
The Neon Vest thing is cool and all, but carrying rakes would be way more appropriate for Canada. On one level, it’s a symbol of suburbia. You know, lawns and rakes and all that. Then, it’s a symbol related to the maple leaf – which is on the Canadian flag. If the Tree of Liberty in America needs the blood of tyrants and patriots, the Canadian maple tree just needs a nice raking from time to time to keep it healthy and its roots out of the damp.
Also, Rake Nationalism has a very “peasant with pitchfork” vibe going for it.
Overall, it’s a 10/10 idea and I hope to see the Canadians implement it soon, hopefully, in time for spring cleaning this year.