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Trudeau wants foreign companies to pay carbon tax on imports

“We have to look at making sure we are all working on the same competitive field.”




It’s unfair to make Canadian companies pay carbon taxes if their foreign competitors don’t, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Blacklock’s Reporter says the Liberals have endorsed in principle a proposal to impose carbon tariffs on inexpensive imports from coal-powered China manufacturers.

“It’s not fair that Canadian industries are producing, to take an example, some of the cleanest aluminum in the world that are competing against people who are using coal-fired energy plants to produce aluminum that can offer a lower price for their aluminum than we can even though we’re protecting the planet with ours,” said Trudeau on Wednesday.

“We have to look at making sure we are all working on the same competitive field.”

The federal carbon tax is targeted to reach at least $170 per tonne by 2030, the equivalent of an extra 27¢ per litre of propane, 34¢ more per cubic metre of natural gas, 40¢ more per litre of gasoline, 44¢ for aviation fuel and an extra 47¢ per litre for diesel.

Speaking at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington, D.C., Trudeau called the tax “one of the strongest broad-based prices in the world,” adding: “It is no longer free to pollute anywhere in Canada.

“There has been lots of talk about carbon tax and carbon pricing,” said Trudeau.

“You know, some countries have moved forward with a little bit. But we have a price on pollution that is going to rise to $170 a tonne by 2030.

“People need to walk the talk on the fight against climate change and one of the best ways to do that is to actually bring in a price on pollution.”

A minimum carbon tax worldwide “is the next big step we should take to make sure it is fair and that we’re rewarding those companies, those consumers, those countries that are doing the right thing on reducing pollution and pricing it so it doesn’t happen as much.”

The Department of Finance in an August 5 discussion paper said it was wary of “disparities between Canada’s climate actions and those of key trading partners” that do not charge a carbon tax.

The Department of Environment has researched carbon tariffs for five years.

“Border carbon adjustments ‘level the playing field,’” said a 2016 department memo. Staff noted no country in the world had implemented carbon tariffs.

“Border carbon adjustments can reduce the impacts on competitiveness of higher carbon costs and avoid carbon ‘leakage’ where production and emissions shift from a jurisdiction with a high carbon cost to a jurisdiction with a lower cost,” said the memo.

The memo said any Canadian carbon tariff would likely be challenged by foreigners under World Trade Organization rules, and that cabinet could achieve the same result by exempting exporters from paying the Canadian carbon tax.

“Providing free emissions or rebates to trade-exposed activities to address impacts on competitiveness can help domestic producers compete internationally,” the memo said.

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  1. Leslie Solar

    November 19, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    Left Coast–JT is just doing what the media always does. Its more palatable if you can say that FOREIGN COMPANIES pay the Carbon tax, rather than say that Canadians are paying on their own goods as well as on foreign goods that they buy. Being honest wtih Canadians might cost them some votes, so why not lie about it? Maybe nobody will notice—certainly not the MSM!

  2. Jack Masterman

    November 19, 2021 at 8:29 am

    Has a carbon tax done anything to reduce emissions?
    BC has the longest running carbon tax and the emissions have not been reduced.

    This is not a tax to reduce emissions, it is a vanity tax for Trudeau and a financial imposition on taxpayers. It might swell the government coffers and we all know with Trudeau’s reckless spending the taxpayers and our children and grandchildren will have to “bail” Canada out of the massive debt being incurred.

  3. Spitfire66

    November 18, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Fuck that guy!

  4. Hiccup Haddock

    November 18, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Yet another wind in the transitory inflation sails, we in the Western World are blessed with out of touch elites; that IMO have contempt for their own people. Earth to Trudeau…. Russia and China are not going along with the plan(s), this will just hurt everyday Canadians.

  5. Dennis

    November 18, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Copied from my previous post…..

    Right on again Left Coast.
    However, as I said in another post, you are preaching to the choir here. More than half of the urban population hears, sees and believes this bullshit. The Great Rest is totally under way and the Urban Sheeple are right on board. The latest obvious indication is the newly minted QR Code by our benevolent provincial government to save you having to pack that 8X11 paper permit around to gain access into the privileged club.
    Soon to be provided by our most esteemed federal government (who has always told us the truth of course) to assist in keeping track of you and selling more injections at the right time to bolster Justin’s trust fund.
    Big Pharma is predicted to generate $1000/second in profit. More than enough to bribe governments and the medical sheeple.
    See how the government is making things better for us? You will Have Nothing and Be Happy!
    Glad I’m old cause this bullshit ain’t going to get better.

  6. Left Coast

    November 18, 2021 at 11:34 am

    “It’s unfair to make Canadian companies pay carbon taxes if their foreign competitors don’t, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.” ? ? ?

    Is Canada’s Crime Minster really this friggin stupid?

    ALL Karbon Taxes are paid by whom? The Consumer of the Goods or Services purchased. Matters little where they come from . . . the result is the same they cost more!

    This is way too complicated for our 2 X U Dropout & part time Sno-board Instruction Crime Minister to understand.

    This moves Canada one step closer to 3rd World status.

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Maskless teen student with asthma ostracized at Calgary Catholic school

“Kids in my class called me an ‘outsider’ which made me feel worse than I already felt,” said 14-year-old Darius.




A Calgary Catholic school has segregated and since banned a student from attending school for not wearing a mask, says the student’s parents.

And before that, teachers had even taped off an area around the boy’s desk “like a crime scene.”

Darius Lynn, a Grade 9 student at St. Helena Junior High School in Calgary, suffers from asthma and was permitted to go maskless at his desk during the 2020-2021 school year.

When Darius returned to St. Helena for the 2021-2022 school year, without his parents’ knowledge, he was advised he would be required to wear a mask full time.

He complied for the first few months but eventually reported to his parents in late November he was struggling to breathe while wearing the mask.

“I had no idea he was told to wear a mask again this year,” Darius’ mother Stephanie told the Western Standard.

“My husband and I just assumed he wasn’t needing to wear a mask again this year.”

Stephanie said she and her husband Paul reached out to the new principal and Darius’ teachers to request they allow their son the same exemption as the previous year.

They were told he would need a doctor’s note, which Stephanie said they have been unable to acquire.

“Mask exemptions are impossible to get,” said Stephanie.

“Right now, doctors are just too scared to write them.”

Stephanie said the school’s solution was to, “move my son’s desk into the hallway.”

Darius also spoke with the Western Standard and said the teenagers in his class referred to him as an “outsider” after he was moved into the hallway.

“When they did group projects, they would just send me to the library and I had to work on my own,” said Darius.  

“Kids in my class called me an ‘outsider’ which made me feel worse than I already felt.”

Stephanie said she and her husband tried to appeal to the principal, but “she wouldn’t budge,” so they reached out to the superintendent.

“We begged for her to let Darius back into the classroom but he ended up sitting out there for two weeks where he was discriminated against and basically ridiculed so we contacted the superintendent,” said Stephanie.

Stephanie said she emailed Chief Superintendent Bryan Szumlas with the Catholic School Board who helped the Lynns get their son moved back into his classroom.

“So, he was moved back into the classroom, which was good, but what we didn’t know was that his teachers taped off the floor around his desk like a crime scene,” said Stephanie.

“After they put tape on the floor around my desk, some of the kids in my class would step past the tape and pretend they couldn’t breathe,” said Darius, explaining the teasing he endured.

Darius said his teachers had witnessed some of the teasing, but said, “most of the time the teachers didn’t do anything about it.

“They (teachers) also made me wait a few minutes before I could move to my next class because there were basically a bunch of students in the halls.”

“It was just awful what they were doing to him. They were treating him like a walking disease and visibly segregating him,” said Stephanie.

Stephanie said Darius had to stay within his taped boundaries for about a week until Christmas break.

“After the break, the principal notified us that Darius wouldn’t be welcome back if he wasn’t willing to wear a mask,” said Stephanie.

“In fact, one of the communications with the school referred to his asthma as his ‘apparent asthma’ like we were making it up or something.

“They said he could move to the online schooling system or do their D2L system from home,” said Stephanie referring to a web-based learning system offered throughout the school division.

“He doesn’t do well online so we are just trying to do the best we can. He’s in Grade 9, he should be able to be with his peers to finish off his last year in middle school.”

Darius said he has mixed feelings about not returning to school.

“I’m just really upset that I don’t get to see my friends anymore, but I also feel like I have less distractions at home,” said Darius.

Stephanie said it’s been a hard year for Darius as he also had to walk away from community hockey due to the vaccination mandates and additional costs associated with frequent rapid testing.

“He is totally destroyed,” said Stephanie.

The Lynns have two other sons — both attending Notre Dame High School — one in Grade 11 who is special needs and one in Grade 12.

“The real kicker for us is that we have a special needs son who has never worn a mask, doesn’t social distance and we have never been required to show a doctor’s note for him,” said Stephanie.

“They have totally humiliated my son and I’m angry. We just want our son to be treated with dignity and compassion. He has lost hockey because of the mandates and now he isn’t allowed to go to school.”

The family has since been referred to Area Director Deana Helton with regard to their son’s situation.

The Western Standard has contacted the school principal along with Helton but hasn’t heard back yet.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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Copping strikes EMS advisory committee amid system strains, red alerts

The Alberta Provincial EMS Advisory Committee will provide recommendations on a provincial EMS service plan by May.




Health Minister Jason Copping has appointed MLAs R.J. Sigurdson (Highwood) and Tracy Allard (Grande Prairie) to co-chair a new EMS committee to address “unprecedented” demands on the healthcare system.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is also rolling out a 10-point plan to maximize EMS system capacity.

The government listed many aggravating factors driving the system strains including “EMS staffing fatigue and illness, hospital offload delays, more requests for patient transfers, delays in receiving new ambulances and specialized vehicle parts caused by global supply issues.”

The province has seen a plethora of “red alerts” reported by EMS members and tweeted by the Union of Health Care Professionals @HSAAlbertaEMS. A red alert is when there are no available ambulances for emergency calls.

The government also reported a 30% increase in 911 calls in recent months. There was no mention of personnel shortages caused by the government’s COVID-19 mandate.

“Alberta’s government has been supportive of EMS throughout the pandemic. As we approach the peak of Omicron cases, we know the EMS system is seeing significant strain, which impacts service. We recognize this is a challenge and are taking immediate steps to improve emergency care access while we explore longer-term solutions,” said Copping.

AHS will immediately hire more paramedics, transfer low-priority calls to other agencies, and stop automatic ambulance dispatch to motor vehicle accidents with no injuries. AHS is also “launching pilot projects to manage non-emergency inter-facility transfers, and initiating an ‘hours of work’ project to help ease staff fatigue.”

Dr. Verna Yiu, president and CEO of AHS is confident these actions “will allow us to better support our EMS staff and front-line paramedics, and in turn this will ensure our patients receive the best care possible.”

Additionally, AHS will issue a request for proposals in February to conduct a third-party review of Alberta’s provincewide EMS dispatch system.

“The objective review by external health system experts will provide further opportunities to address ongoing pressures, improve effectiveness and efficiency through best practices, and provide the best outcomes for Albertans who call 911 during a medical event,” the government said.

The Alberta Provincial EMS Advisory Committee will provide recommendations on a provincial EMS service plan by May. Committee representatives include “contracted ambulance operators, unions representing paramedics, municipal representatives and Indigenous community representatives.”

Sigurdson said the committee will consider taxpayers’ needs.

“Albertans expect that when they call 911 in their time of greatest need, EMS will always answer. The committee’s goal will be focused around ensuring and improving service to Albertans while supporting the most critical piece of that equation: our EMS staff across all of Alberta.”

Amber Gosselin is a Western Standard reporter.

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WATCH: O’Toole will not be welcoming the truckers in Ottawa

“It’s not for the leader of the Opposition to attend a protest on the Hill or a convoy, it’s up to politicians to advocate for solutions, in a way that’s responsible and respectable to the health crisis we are in.”




Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was asked six times during a Monday press conference about his stance on the truckers Freedom Convoy 2022, before giving a vague answer.

“We have been talking with the Canadian Trucking Alliance for several months,” said O’Toole told reports.

“We’ve seen a crisis in the supply chain coming for several months and we’ve proposed policies to try to help alleviate that. The most important of which is vaccines. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated.”

O’Toole press conference

Other specific. questions on the truckers’ comments were left with vague answers.

But the end of the conference O’Toole said it’s not his place to get involved.

“It’s not for the leader of the Opposition to attend a protest on the Hill or a convoy — it’s up to politicians to advocate for solutions, in a way that’s responsible and respectable to the health crisis we are in,” O’Toole said.

“We’ve been trying to tackle the supply chain crisis, encourage vaccination, not ignore problems and divide the country like Mr. (Justin) Trudeau does.”

O’Toole said policies cannot be put in place which could contribute to supply chain issues, as Canadians are already worried about their grocery bills.

O’Toole said he was focused on the economic strain Canadians are having, with record inflation, cost of living, 30% higher gas prices and the housing market’s rising costs,.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard

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