Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Paula Simons 1 hr · Tonight's column is about something that's been driving me wild for the last few days - the persistent repetition on social media of the statement that First Nations people don't have to pay the new carbon tax. That's just not true - or at least, not entirely so. The issue of complicated - but the amount of online venom its producing is really disturbing. So. Here are some actual facts.

Paula Simons and Edmonton Journal shared a link.

No matter what your Indian status is, if you live in Edmonton, you pay the carbon tax…
EDMONTONJOURNAL.COM
  • Tonight's column is about something that's been driving me wild for the last few days - the persistent repetition on social media of the statement that First Nations people don't have to pay the new carbon tax. That's just not true - or at least, not entirely so. The issue of complicated - but the amount of online venom its producing is really disturbing.
    So. Here are some actual facts.
    Comments
    Adam Lazlo Thank you! This was much needed.
    UnlikeReply328 mins
    Brian Mulawka The clarification is both welcome and much needed, but I don't think it's racist to say everyone should share in these costs.
    LikeReply115 mins
    Stu Hast I dunno, I think that indigenous Canadians have already "shared" plenty with the rest of us...
    UnlikeReply112 mins
    Brian Mulawka That's a valid position for sure, I just don't think taking the opposite position makes someone a racist.
    LikeReply10 mins
    Jeff Sawatzky Brian Mulawka Well what does it make you then?
    LikeReply10 mins
    Brian Mulawka Jeff Sawatzky It makes them someone who holds a different opinion on this issue.
    LikeReply7 mins
    Julie Ali Stu Hast I agree. If they got the same level of health care and education as the rest of us then maybe they could get the same level of taxation. As it is the First Nations are ripped off and then have to put up with junk chatter about how soft they have it. So ridiculous.
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    Julie Ali Brian Mulawka I think if you are expressing an opinion without the addition of stereotyping that usually accompanies some of the comments directed against FN folks then maybe it's OK. But usually the comments aren't this pretty.
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