Protests of­fer false, hate­ful ‘so­lu­tions’

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The Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 Prairie Free­dom Move­ment protests put on un­der the guise of the Yel­low Vest protests from France are an at­tempt to chan­nel the pub­lic’s fears about the grow­ing threats to our sur­vival and eco­nomic in­equal­ity to­wards hate­ful and false “so­lu­tions.”At­tack­ing the car­bon tax and the global com­pact for safe, or­derly and reg­u­lar mi­gra­tion is sim­ply xeno­pho­bic, racist and cli­mate-change-deny­ing. They wish to pres­sure and con­fuse us by iden­ti­fy­ing any­one who wants to be so­cially, eco­nom­i­cally and eco­log­i­cally pro­gres­sive as vot­ing for Trudeau.Our planet is be­ing sys­tem­at­i­cally de­stroyed by car­bon diox­ide pol­lu­tion. The pol­luter must pay for their pol­lu­tion or cut emis­sions, plain and sim­ple.New and more em­ploy­ment is com­ing with the just tran­si­tion into a car­bon-neu­tral econ­omy.These are real, con­crete so­lu­tions.The move­ment of peo­ple around the globe is not new, nor will it change soon. And it will get worse with cli­mate change.Think of the hun­dreds of mil­lions who will be dis­placed due to flood­ing, droughts and cli­mate catas­tro­phes al­ready seen across the planet. Build­ing walls and re­strict­ing move­ment are not vi­able, hu­man­i­tar­ian or peace-filled so­lu­tions.Hu­man­ity must work to­gether, not be more frac­tured or di­vided. Global so­lu­tions are pos­si­ble, and one of the best ways to tackle global is­sues.Hope can­not be fu­elled by fear and hate.Just be­cause you are afraid of im­mi­grants and want a pipe­line doesn’t mean that you can put on a yel­low vest and peo­ple will au­to­mat­i­cally fol­low you.Jim El­liott, chair­per­son,Regina Chap­ter of the Coun­cil of Cana­di­ans

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