My exposure to Canadians has been limited. I had a good friend at a couple of my jobs back in the 90’s and he was intelligent, funny and friendly. But, as with all Canadians I’ve known, he was noticeably obsessed with following the rules. I recently worked with a Canadian who was unfriendly, sarcastic and unimaginative but likewise he was a box checker. He followed the rules as painfully as anyone I’ve ever known.
What are the chances that Canada as a whole, or even a majority of them decide to break the rules? My guess is, it’s very unlikely. With the trucker’s protest going on in Ottawa Trudeau has banked on the ingrained obedience of Canadians to allow him to crush the protest without more than a minor amount of resistance. And even if the truckers put up a good fight and the police have to beat and maybe kill a few good men, the rest of Canada will stand idly by and watch it without as much as a shout of outrage at the injustice. I think this is what will happen.
But as well behaved as Canadians are, will they be so easily cowed that when it comes time to re-elect their government in 2023 that they will just resignedly push the lever for the government that crushed a peaceful protest? Are they that spiritless and docile? My guess is they are not.
Americans have collectively reached their limit of COVID fascism. Even the true-believers are exhausted and dispirited over continuing the soul crushing exercise that forces people to be inoculated with vaccines that don’t vaccinate and wear masks that don’t protect. They’re tired of their children missing their childhood while they wear masks while trying to play in the schoolyard and even while playing sports. By March even that dolt Biden will be forced to end the mandates. He knows the mandates are killing his presidency and he’s cowardly enough to reverse direction to avoid his approval rating reaching single digits. Several European countries have already eliminated the COVID restrictions altogether. It will happen everywhere soon.
So, I’m guessing even the hypercompliant Canadians must be reaching their limit too. And if in this state of mind, they get to see, on the six o’clock news, the storm troopers in Ottawa hauling hard-working Canadians off to jail I think this will be enough to piss them off. I think it will be similar to what we saw in Virginia. Basically, liberals who are pushed too far. They will toss Trudeau and the Liberals out of power.
I don’t know much about the Canadian Conservative party. I assume they are much like the spineless Republican establishment; useless. But it’s always possible that some few men with backbones could seize the opportunity to revolt against the mealy-mouthed hollow suits who follow along with the Liberals. Maybe this could be their Trump moment when they wake up from the dream and try to take their country back. Or maybe they’ll just follow the rules and dig their own graves as the rules tell them to.
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