Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is following in French President Emmanuel Macron’s footsteps by instituting Draconian carbon taxes on his people to supposedly combat climate change.
Trudeau is punishing four provinces that refused his push for higher taxation. He is imposing a tax of C$20 ($15) per ton, increasing by C$10 a year until it ultimately reaches C$50 in 2022. The tax will apply in the provinces of Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick.
“As of today, it’s no longer free to pollute anywhere in Canada,” wrote Trudeau’s environment minister, Catherine McKenna, in a tweet.
“Climate change is real … some politicians may not care much, but our kids and our grandkids do,” she added.
Trudeau’s Conservative Party opposition is vowing to fight the imposition of this carbon tax in the courts.
“We’re going to keep fighting this carbon tax with every single tool at our disposal,” Ontario premier Doug Ford said.
“We now have four provinces representing half the population in this nation that say this is a flawed policy,” said Scott Moe, the premier of Saskatchewan, to the CBC.
Trudeau may have more to worry about than institutional push-back in the courts and legislatures. When French President Emmanuel Macron dictated crippling carbon taxes upon his people last year, they began taking to the streets wearing yellow vests to show their ruling elite who is really in control.
“What I’ve taken from these last few days is that we shouldn’t change course because it is the right one and necessary,” Macron said in his initial response to the yellow vests movement. “We need to change how we work because a number of our citizens feel this policy course is imposed on them from above.”
“I understand the demands of these citizens, but I won’t give in to those who want destruction and disorder,” the French president added.
Macron would eventually capitulate, and offer concessions to the Yellow Vests, but it was already too late by that time. The Yellow Vests have returned every weekend to make their presence known and become a staple of the political scene in France.
In bad news for Trudeau, the Yellow Vests have already spread to Canada. An off-shoot of the French cause has been organizing for months, and the carbon tax push might be the fuel they need to take their efforts to the next level.
The Yellow Vests of Canada have a Facebook group with over 108,000 members whose stated goal is “to protest the CARBON TAX and the Treason of our country’s politicians who have the audacity to sell out OUR country’s sovereignty over to the Globalist UN and their Tyrannical policies.” During their rallies, members of the movement echo familiar populist concerns.
“This is a blatant attack on our national sovereignty and our individual freedoms as a nation state,” said a yellow vest organizer, who was furious that Canada signed onto the UN Migration Pact, to a raucous crowd outside of the Alberta Legislature in 2018.
“We fought for that in two world wars and we’re just going to hand it over to a [foreign] body? I’m totally for immigration; we need immigration in Canada … but we want it done properly,” yellow vest supporter Carman Doan said to the Toronto Star. “We don’t want to just open our borders wide because we’re not even a country then.”
Trudeau could be pouring rocket fuel on the Yellow Vests of Canada by attempting to force his carbon tax on various provinces against their will. Globalism is growing increasingly unpopular, and Trudeau may be on the receiving end of populist fury if he is not careful.
Italian Populist Youth Group Praises Trump for His Peace Efforts
The Lega Nord is one of Europe’s strongest populist parties.
The Lega Giovani, the youth branch of Salvini’s Lega party, announced its support in nominating President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Due to Trump’s efforts in brokering peace deals between Gulf Arab states and Israel, one Norwegian lawmaker Christian Tybring-Gjedde nominated the president for the Nobel Peace prize.
In a statement, Luca Toccalini, a member of the Italian Parliament and Chairman of Lega Giovani, declared that the “globalist left is losing its mind, scared by the outcome of the upcoming American elections, and this latest news decisively increased their worries.”
Toccalini added that Lega Giovani “strongly” supports the “nomination of President Donald Trump, a just reward for the continued dedication of his administration for lasting peace with a bilateral and multi polar approach.”
The populist Italian member of Parliament noted how Trump’s Middle East agenda has contrasted with Obama’s:
After a decade of turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, sponsored by a globalist agenda and President Obama’s dreams of revolution, the last 4 years have seen great improvement for the stability in our neighbourhood which has also helped Europe.
Wishing four more years of peace and greatness, as Lega Giavani we strongly support Donald J. Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Matteo Salvini and Lega have led the way in putting populism on the map throughout Europe. Salvini broke the mold by implementing pro-gun reforms in 2018 and 2019. What seems like a concept that is only confined to the U.S., now the right to bear arms is starting to enter the conversation in Europe. Political organizations like Lega have undoubtedly changed political discourse in Italian politics and Europe, for that matter.
Youth organizations such as Lega Giovani will play a substantial role in spreading Lega’s message and educating younger generations of Italians and preparing them to be the new populist vanguard of an ever-changing European polity.
The message can be read here.
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