Trudeau Is Stoking A Canadian Farmers’ Rebellion With His Attack On The Use Of Fertilizer

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on July 25, 2022

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is pushing forward with imposing requirements on Canadian farmers to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from fertilizers, the same reduction mandates that have caused farmers in the Netherlands to engage in mass protests. 

The Liberals are arguing that their 30 percent nitrous oxide reduction target is purely about emissions and not fertilizer, but it would be impossible to meet those targets the government wants to implement without cutting back on the use of fertilizer, which is the biggest contributor to emissions.

Despite widespread outrage from provincial agricultural ministries, Marie-Claude Bibeau, the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Foods, said that she believes farmers will go along with the 30 percent reductions willingly. 

Bibeau stated:

I’m meeting with many farmers in the field. I know how much they care for the environment and how much they invest in new practices and new technologies to reduce their emissions as much as possible. The idea is to produce the most sustainable food in the world.”

One wonders why the Liberals need to pass industry-crippling emission reduction targets if at the same time they say farmers already do what they can on their own to reduce emissions, but I suppose this is really just flattery from Bibeau to justify any amount of new regulations.

Agricultural and Agri-Foods Minister, Marie-Claude Bibeau.

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers put out a statement making it very clear they had no input in the Liberals new emission reduction targets, and that the reduction being forced on Canadian farmers is completely out of step with another government goal, which is to increased agricultural exports by 55 percent between 2015 and 2025. 

It seems as if Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party could care less if they potentially cause dangerous food shortages, and instead are primarily concerned with backing up the similar radical internationalist environmental policies in the Netherlands. As if Trudeau is banding together with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and other foreign leaders,  in an attempt to make a coordinated push against average farmers. 

Clearly, if the Dutch farmers are rebelling against policies that would see their industry gutted in the long run it will be even worse in Canada where 2022’s mass protest movements first kicked off. Trudeau could find himself with even larger protests in Ottawa by the end of the year, based on mandates even more universally despised than travel mandates. 

And maybe this is exactly what Justin Trudeau wants.

His government has become incredibly stale and he seems to have no big goal to achieve in government other than pushing the same tired social programs and environmental policies he always has. Right now Trudeau could be looking to pick a fight with the farmers to give himself more attention and try and cause more urban-rural division in Eastern Canada.

Already farmers are beginning to protest in Western Canada, hanging placards on tractors that read “No Fertilizers, No Farmers, No Food” which is a narrative so simple and common-sense it would be laughable to see the government try and argue against it. 

It is insane that these days government officials feel so confident in their own wisdom that they believe that fertilizers are just one of those things you can just reduce the use of without consequence, as if farmers had just been bulk-purchasing fertilizer and using it in the amounts they do for fun, and not because it helps create larger yields.

The farmers protesting these nitrous oxide emission reductions in both Canada and the Netherlands are really protesting to save their governments from themselves. 

It seems there is a globalist-like political psychosis going around where people who occupy political office have become so out-of-touch that they truly feel more urgency behind trying to achieve nonsensical emissions targets, set by some internationalist organization, than making sure their own citizens have enough food to eat, at an affordable price. 

If Justin Trudeau really wants to face off against another mass-protest movement, he is going to get it, but he likely is not going to like the political results of picking on Canadian farmers and attempting to cause food to become exorbitantly more expensive in pursuit of a WEF-inspired environmentalist dream.

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

7 responses to “Trudeau Is Stoking A Canadian Farmers’ Rebellion With His Attack On The Use Of Fertilizer”

  1. Isobel says:

    The over reach of this government is outrageous snd needs to be stopped. Since when did JT become a farmer?

  2. W.P. Wright says:

    What a fiasco!! Trudeau could not tell a cow from a bull without a program!!!

  3. Lester Brown says:

    Since when did JT become a farmer?
    Since when did FJT become a leader
    There fixed that, he and his minions have to go.

  4. Bob Smith says:

    The WEF barks orders and JT jumps.

  5. Prairielily says:

    If Trudeau is successful in his idiotic policy to cut back on food production, then I hope the farmers in Western Canada refuse to sell any food to Ottawa. I am sure the Truckers will agree not to deliver any. I wonder if the government members even know that food has to be produced at great expense and a lot of hard work by the farmers. Do they think it just magically appears in the stores in cans and packages? They act like they think that.

  6. Dave Lindsay says:

    Thing is: If they cut fertilizer by 30%, farmers will need to till the soil more and try to have a BIG Compost Pile to spread on the fields in order to increase yields. This will Use MORE DIESEL FUEL, and thus cause ‘so called Climate Change’. I am not a Farmer , but kinda know how things work.

  7. Radoslaw Smaczny says:

    Thing is. Trudeau hates Canada