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

Globalist politicians are becoming bolder as their power slips away, and the yellow vest movement is spreading as a result.

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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.

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“Climate change is real … some politicians may not care much, but our kids and our grandkids do,” she added.

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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.

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Canadian Police Report Almost 2,200 Home Visits To Monitor Quarantine Compliance

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Canadian police officers reportedly have conducted almost 2,200 home visits to ensure travelers into the country are complying with quarantine rules.

In late March, the Canadian government announced the start of the Quarantine Act, which mandates that anyone entering the country, with the exception of essential workers like truck drivers and those in healthcare, must self-isolate for 14 days.

Failure to comply can incur a fine of up to $750,000 and/or six months in prison. However, so far there have been no arrests, and only one fine of $1,000.

Still, many may find unsettling the degree to which the Canadian police, in coordination with official border and health services, are enforcing a nanny state by paying home visits to incoming travelers deemed at risk of non-compliance. In addition, prime minister Justin Trudeau has hinted that even tougher measures could be coming, even once Canada begins easing cross-border travel.

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Also in late March, the Trudeau government announced a halt to all immigration in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, current immigration applications would not be closed or denied due to failure to meet typical requirements.

Still, many pointed out that Canada’s response was actually stronger than the US’, which has continued to import thousands of H-1B workers even while under lockdown due to a global pandemic.

The border between the US and Canada has been closed since the end of March, and this was recently extended, likely into mid-June. Trudeau has stated that the closure and its extension were implemented with full cooperation from the US.

While travel into Canada has not stopped completely, it has fallen drastically since the implementation of restrictive policies. However, critics of the government question whether Trudeau reacted quickly enough, and argue that the policy going forward is too vague and requires more explanation and accountability.

As stated by Conservative MP Pierre Paul-Hus:

“It was the Trudeau government’s failure to close our borders that allowed the virus to spread in the first place. It is incumbent on the Trudeau government to explain how they plan to ensure that travelers who are coming back to Canada are not spreading COVID-19… Unfortunately, right now the Trudeau government is telling Canadians to ‘wait and see’ without explaining what metrics they are relying on to make decisions.”

While Canada is doing significantly better than the US in terms of the number of cases, one tragically sobering area in which it has exhibited clear failure is the fate of its elderly, particularly those in state and private long-term care institutions.

It is estimated that up to 86% of the Canadian death toll is from facilities such as long-term care, retirement, and corrections, with the first two making up the large majority. In one privately-run nursing home, as much as one third of residents have died from coronavirus.

While the situation is complex and there are few countries that do not seem to have significant problems with their approach, it is clear that something is wrong with Canada’s. Perhaps the government should focus more on taking care of its elderly than intrusively monitoring its citizens.

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