The purpose of this post is to fact check the "Yellow Vest" Movement.
Before I start, I want to make it clear that I understand there are people who do have legitimate fears and concerns about their livelihoods, and I think sometimes those fears are misdirected and come from a place of misinformation provided to them for political gain.
UN Migration Compact:
This one is pretty controversial. Canada signed on to this Compact in 2018, in an effort to commit to safe, regular immigration.
This is false. Below I have linked the website where you can read this entire compact, page for page: refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-comp…...
Illegal immigration means that someone is in the country without permission, whether it be overstaying visas, or "sneaking in".
When folks cross the border to seek asylum at a border crossing, this is not illegal.
The fear here is that terrorists are entering the country, and being allowed to.
Firstly, Canada cannot sustain it's economy without immigration. The reason being that the biggest generation, the baby boomers, are retiring. We also aren't having nearly enough babies.
If we have too many retirees and not enough economic growth, senior struggles are going to continue to spiral. Less people paying taxes means less government funding, stripped social programs and no pensions.
I have also linked a PDF report of a study done at SFU.
Aside from this, where are we at now? Well, Trudeau bought the pipeline.
I am assuming it is due to the courts shutting it down.
Using the Notwithstanding Clause is no small matter.
Honestly this one I am not 100% familiar with but I did a bit of research. The media was not bought out by Trudeau.
Trudeau and his government will not be deciding who is "trusted". An elected board of journalists will be approving or denying any applications.
Veterans do deserve more, there is no doubting this. That being said, the criticism of Trudeau is a bit misplaced.
When Harper was in power, he closed Veteran's Affairs offices all over the country, leaving many without assistance.
Trudeau has also increased veteran funding by $10 billion. That is not to say there shouldn't be more, but it is still a substantial improvement.
It is hard to wrap my head around how people are so concerned with national debt and how it will affect their kids, but they aren't so concerned about the state of the planet they are leaving behind.
The Liberals have introduced a Federal Carbon Tax as one way to help combat climate change.
BC has had a carbon tax for over a decade, and we had the second largest GDP growth this past year.
Carbon taxes not only help incentivise cleaner production, but they also foster innovation. How will we move forward with finding cleaner energy?
Below I have linked info on the BC GDP growth, the…
Equalization payments were developed in order to ensure all Provinces were on an equal playing field when it comes to Federal funds.
The big issue surrounding this is that Alberta thinks that they are paying equalization payments to Quebec. This is simply not true. Equalization comes from Federal money, not Provincial.
Equalization payments are based on a formula that is reviewed every 5 years.
Homelessness is obviously horrible and needs to be addressed. I think this is part of these protests due to the misconception that our own citizens are being left behind in favour of immigrants.
Homelessness is more complex than this though.
Taxes always seem to be an issue, no matter what. I have linked the current tax information, as well as a wikipedia article that puts them in a nice chart. I am only talking about Federal taxes here, I think it's the 3rd chart on that page.
For example, Jeff Bezos is worth enough money to fund free education in the US twice-over, and still have over $30 billion left. The average Amazon worker makes less than $30,000.00 USD a year.
This structure has caused people to blame the lower class for needing and wanting higher wages, and not these massive earners who are making more than they even know what to do with.
One thing I see often is Andrew Scheer talks about the national debt like it is credit card debt.
Currently, Canada has the lowest debt to GDP ratio in the G7.
Another thing worth mentioning is Trudeau did not start his term with a $7.4 billion surplus, the books were manipulated by the Harper Government.
The Fraser Institute is a common 'source' cited by the Conservative Party of Canada, and many provincial conservatives as well. It is a "think tank" paid for by the Koch brothers. I have provided a link below with more info on this.
I would highly recommend using studies from an accredited university, not "think tanks" paid to manipulate data. When we are concerned about bias, it's important that we are checking our own sources for bias as well.
The Islam Party of Ontario is run by a conservative, and is followed by conservatives and Twitter bots.
An article was recently put out about a journalist being threatened by this party. It is not a real political party.
The Yellow Vest Movement Facebook page has been getting quite toxic. Death threats are not okay, no matter what your political leanings are. Showing up with signs depicting Trudeau should be hanged are not okay.
Also as a friendly reminder, making gay jokes about Trudeau is incredibly homophobic.
This one comes up a lot because there are people who believe Omar was guilty and that he's a terrorist. Omar was 15 when he was taken to Guantanamo Bay, and he was abandoned by the Canadian Government.
This article below is very well written and has photo evidence that proves his innocence.
As far as the $10.5m payout.