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Yellow Vest protests in Canada mirror France’s anti-government dissent

Anthony Daoud by Anthony Daoud December 14, 2018
source: https://www.thepostmillennial.com/yellow-vest-protests-in-canada-mirror-frances-anti-government-dissent/



Carbon taxes, reckless spending, and the UN Global Compact on Migration are all upsetting Canadians.

The Yellow Vest protests have spilled into Canada, giving a stark warning to multiple levels of Canadian government.

Quick Read Summary:
  • This past weekend, hundreds of people took to the streets in Edmonton many wearing the recently notorious yellow vests.
    Their goal was to protest both the Liberal government’s carbon tax and the UN Global Compact on Migration.
  • A similar event happened on Parliament Hill, this one is largely focused on the migration pact.
  • Fortunately, the yellow vest protests in Canada have not resulted in the level of violence and turmoil that occurred in France.
  • None the less, the protests do show deep-seated resentment against some government policies, along with the potential to spiral into something far bigger.

Canadian yellow vest protests mirror France

The motivation for the yellow vest protests in Canada stem from those occurring in France.

Violent behaviour has spread through the French protests with cars being burned, stores being looted, and even the Arc De Triomphe being the target of graffiti.

Police were affected by the protest’s violent nature. Rocks were thrown at them and several were injured. In a revolutionary-esque move, “Les Gilets Jaunes Triompheront” which translates to “The Yellow Vests will Triumph”, was sprayed on the Arc De Triomphe.

Analysts have described the situation as one of the worst in decades, with the population finally being able to voice their discontent with Macron’s governance.

France’s cost of living has been increasing to a point where many people are struggling to make ends meet.

The people have had enough with rising taxes, higher costs of living, constant unemployment, and bearing the burden of often symbolic government reforms.

When French President Emmanuel Macron decided to impose a carbon tax on the population it opened Pandora’s box. Despite unemployment levels dropping since 2016, it still stands at 9.1%.

With nearly one in ten members of the Frech population out of work, implementing an additional tax to appease environmentalist bureaucrats would not have gone unnoticed and unsurprisingly fueled hostile feelings towards the government within the population.

Macron’s increased fuel tax which would have upped prices by €0.03 per litre of gas and €0.06 per litre of diesel will only come into effect six months later.

The price of diesel in France has gone up by roughly 20 percent over the past year to approximately €1.49 (C$2.23) per litre. In comparison, the average price last year was €1.24 (C$1.86). That’s more than the expected 10-cent rise.

A strong sentiment against Macron’s leadership has fused into the protest against the carbon tax, and has attracted both people from the far left and the far right. It also comes at a time of increased Euroscepticism, and an overall rise in populist parties. Add in Brexit and the migration debacle and you realize Europe is in an utter state of disarray.

An article published by Express suggests that Italy, Austria, and the UK are amongst the most eurosceptic countries, with another study demonstrating 66% of Europeans are unhappy with the EU’s direction.

Canadian Spillover

Trudeau too has implemented a Carbon Tax, and his recent decision to sign Canada onto the UN Global Compact on Migration has led to the disenfranchisement of some.

The Liberals passed legislation last spring to give the government authority to impose a carbon tax on any province without its own carbon tax, beginning January 1, 2019. It is starting at a minimum of $20 per tonne, and rising by $10 per year until 2022.

Migration and illegal border crossings have also been hot topics in recent months, sparking divisions.

With the signing of the UN Global Compact on Migration, reasonable fears have grown that Canada has effectively given up its borders to an international institution. Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer and PPC leader Maxime Bernier both spoke out vehemently against the agreement.

The divisive consequences of making such controversial decisions in a time of political hyper-polarization is a risky game for politicians of all camps to play.

Having two yellow jacket protests staged, Edmonton and Ottawa, should be a warning to both the Canadian and Albertan governments.

On the Yellow Vests Canada Facebook group, there is a host of anti-Trudeau posts, including a picture of a red baseball cap with a fist-raising the middle finger, and the Prime Minister’s name stitched on. As well, there are “memes” influenced by Albertan nationalism and sovereigntist sentiment.

Such an amalgamation of deep dislike and worrisome expression paints a much darker image of what Canadians are thinking. Revolutionary images and posts about opposition to taxes are also present.

What this demonstrates is that many people are upset.

Life is becoming more expensive and plunging the population in further taxes is not the solution to issues. Moreover, ridiculous spending and governing with a mystical belief that the budget will balance itself will ultimately be felt by tax-paying Canadians. Many of which already pay over 42.5% of their income to taxes yearly and only have $200 left at the end of the month after paying their bills.
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