Your host has attended his first Trump rally in Canada. Featuring co-stars Jason Kenney and Doug Ford taking marquee billing to preach to the approximately 1500 extras from the live version of King Of The Hill. Complete with MAGA hats (both America and Alberta), Trump jerseys, Trudeau Sucks t-shirts, a damn good honkytonk band and two cash bars running full out.
This was in Calgary after all, the Nurmburg of the CPC. Drawing 1500 people with national advertising provided by corporate media in a city of one million isn't exactly a wave of change. But don't tell them that. Not surprisingly, it was pretty easy to notice certain tendancies in the crowd (choir?). Hank and Peggy Hill were out in force. As were some Bobbys, a few dozen Luannes, more than enough Dale Gribbles, a Bill contingent and of course Boomhauers were well represented. I hope they all appreciate the emails that will be coming their way after surrendering their names to gain entry.
There was only one topic for the night. The advertised topic was that Job-killing, Tax-grabbing, Business bankrupting, Investment-phobic, Socialist, Tree-hugging Dreamland CARBON TAX. The one nobody voted for. The one that won't change anything except taxpayer's pockets. But the actual message was much simpler. Much easier to instill and provoke the minions to action of some sort. FEAR.
Was there mention that Big Oil supports it? Was there any detail of what it actually does? Was it stated provinces decide how to spend it? Of course not. THEY made this tax so WE must destroy it. Details like climate change mitigation were simply not in the script. Let's just make money like it's 1948 again and Leduc No.1 was just discovered.
Campaigning never ends in Canada anymore and it's clear what the message is. Carbon Tax is the tool to avoid an actual platform, misinformation is the medium and fear is the lever for all parties right of centre. Get used to it.
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