Will Justin Trudeau’s Carbon Taxes Unleash a Yellow Vest Ascendancy in Canada?
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.