Like many politicians, Justin Trudeau is determined to deepen the sense of pervasive fear and crisis in the population, making it easier for him to grab more power.
A national leader wouldn’t deliberately damage the economy of their own country, would they?
Certainly, it would be nice to believe that.
And yet, the reality is more complex.
Leaders don’t want to be seen as being responsible for damaging their own economy.
The difference is important.
If a scapegoat can be found, if someone else – or a group of people – can be blamed, and if a crisis can be generated, politicians often see that as an ‘opportunity.’
Over the past two years, we’ve watched how many people allow fear to turn them into authoritarians, and demand authoritarian leadership.
This has generated a dangerous incentive:
The worse things get, the more politicians can take away our rights and freedoms and concentrate power among themselves and their cronies.
So, as long as someone like Justin Trudeau can avoid having the public blame him for a crisis, he can gain power from it.
That brings us to the vaccine mandate for truckers entering Canada.
A massive risk
In a desire to gain even more power, Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government appear to be taking the following risk:
Deliberately damage Canada’s economy, while hoping all the anger from the damage can be directed towards unvaccinated Canadians.
The reason to reach this disturbing conclusion is that there is no possible way that the Trudeau government thinks the mandate won’t damage the economy.
They know it will.
They know it will worsen supply chains that have already been damaged by lockdowns & the distortionary impact of rampant money printing.
They also know that damage to supply chains will raise prices even higher due to shortages, and will hurt millions of Canadians.
Nothing generates more widespread public anger than sustained price increases and shortages of key goods.
Trudeau and his advisors know this as well.
As Bloomberg reported, the warnings are already coming in:
“Canada plans to start turning away unvaccinated U.S. truckers at the border this weekend, a move that threatens to upend the flow of everything from food to auto parts to building supplies between two of the world’s largest trading partners.
Only 50 per cent to 60 per cent of U.S. truckers are vaccinated, according to an estimate from the American Trucking Associations. The rules will make thousands of drivers ineligible for cross-border shipments, exacerbating a shortage at a time when the transportation industry is already strained.
Manufacturers are warning they may be forced to slow production and will likely face higher costs from the snarling of a supply chain that depends on an open border for the movement of some US$45 billion worth of goods every month. Canada is the top export market for 32 U.S. states, according to the Department of Commerce.
Shipping will get disrupted in both directions, as the U.S. is the set to impose its own vaccine mandate on foreign travelers on Jan. 22. In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government confirmed Thursday that truck drivers from Canada will be affected as well — forced into quarantine if they try to re-enter their own country and can’t show proof of vaccination.
“I’m sure you’ve been to a grocery store and seen empty shelves, and it’s not going to get any better,” said Sylvain Charlebois, director of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University and one of Canada’s top experts on the food supply chain.”
With all of that in mind, we must conclude that the Trudeau government believes they won’t pay a political price for the damage they are going to cause, and that they can find a scapegoat to pin the blame on.
And we already know who that scapegoat will be:
Trudeau takes the ‘Quebec approach’
Trudeau is clearly seeking to emulate the kind of political environment that is taking root in Quebec, where the government becomes more and more authoritarian and anti-freedom, while directing the ensuing public anger towards unvaccinated people.
When we start to see further price increases, when there are more shortages, when public anger rises, Trudeau and the Liberals will seek to blame unvaccinated truckers, and unvaccinated people in general, for the damage that was actually caused by Trudeau and the Liberal government.
Then, once public anger has been redirected, Trudeau and the Liberals will push for more government power. In addition to blaming unvaccinated people, they will also blame higher prices and shortages on ‘greedy companies’ supposedly ‘gouging’ consumers, laying the groundwork for more statist intervention in the market.
At this point, it wouldn’t be shocking if we see more talk of price controls and further regulation on commerce, as many people tend to blame private businesses rather than realize that governments are the ones actually responsible for surging inflation and shortages.
The appearance of deliberate sabotage
To say that the Trudeau government is deliberately sabotaging the economy would perhaps seem extreme to some.
However, it matches what we’ve already seen.
Remember when provincial governments started pushing vaccine mandates for healthcare workers in the latter part of 2021?
Here’s what I said at the time, in an October 15, 2021 article titled “Vaccine Mandates Will Further Weaken Our Healthcare System”:
“At the outset of this article, I noted how the choice politicians are making to impose vaccine mandates on healthcare workers is both dumb and clever.
It’s dumb from a logical perspective.
But politically, it will help maintain the narrative of fear & division that so many are now addicted to.
“Unvaccinated Healthcare Workers” can now be added to the list of people that it’s acceptable to direct anger and vitriol towards, which just so happens to spare our failed ‘leaders’ and ignores places like the Wuhan Lab.
Further, the more the healthcare system is weakened, the more those in power can continue to ‘justify’ restrictions on our rights and freedoms, maintaining the feeling of crisis that has enabled their expanding power grabs.”
And look at what happened:
The new round of restrictions have been ‘justified’ by the politicians as being necessary to weaken a healthcare system that is short-staffed partly as a result of those vaccine mandates.
The politicians generated a crisis, and used that crisis to gain more power.
Thus, we can see how Justin Trudeau’s imposition of vaccine mandates for truckers is along the same lines: Weaken and wreck a system to maintain a feeling of fear and crisis, and then use that fear to ram through more power grabs and more assaults on freedom.
Independent thinking must prevail over fear
Whether Trudeau gets away with his dangerous and divisive policies depends on what Canadians do.
Do they meekly and weakly go along with what the government says?
Or do they start thinking for themselves and realize how politicians like Justin Trudeau are trying to manipulate us.
If Canadians see the truth, and speak the truth in growing numbers, we can exert enough political pressure on governments to reverse course.
If not, then our nation will further descend into being an authoritarian state devoid of rights & freedoms.
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