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Canada Granted Independence

The new Capital and who is Prime Minister Tesla LaBlanc?




The American government approved Parliament's statement yesterday which said in part that "Canada is a independent sovereign nation and hereby peacefully relinquishes all political ties to the American Commonwealth." 


Canadian flags were distributed and raised across the country as celebrations spread throughout the sparsely populated newborn Commonwealth. Upon hearing word that the American government approved Canada's sovereignty, Prime Minister Tesla LaBlanc deployed thousands of fresh soldiers throughout the country with supplies and news for northern areas and more celebration in southern Quebec.  The only official branch of the military so far, The Canadian Army, has swelled past 20,000 volunteers and is expecting to continue to rise for the foreseeable future. 


As celebrations were brought throughout the country, Parliament and Prime Minister LaBlanc agreed on an odd location for the nation's capital: Port Menier. Originally the tiny village on Anticosti Island had a population of barely 200 but has recently swelled to over 350 as some government officials, namely members of the prime minister's government, have moved to the island. Local residents have been generally indifferent about the decision, but all asked were surprised that one of the smallest villages in Canada was chosen as the nation's seat of government. 


"I couldn't believe it when I heard it," said Roger Leroy. "Our little village? Here out in the sea? I guess they want a quiet place. I just hope they don't build their capital over my home." The largest initial concern was if the government would confiscate private land to build government buildings in the village, however Prime Minister LaBlanc noted, "I won't let that happen - even if it means building in the woods." Environmental activists did force the prime minister to also add later; however, that Anticosti National Park would remain "open and protected from unsanctioned development. This island is beautiful, and I will make it my duty to keep it that way." 


The prime minister may be the official leader of Canada, but is still not well-known by those he leads. "He seemed nice on the TV," admitted a woman from the new capital city, "but I have never heard his name before. In fact, I do not know anything about him! I hope Parliament was wise in electing him leader of the country." Parliament took the liberty of electing LaBlanc prime minister because a national voting system in-which fraud, or at least most of it, could safely be avoided has yet to be developed and, as one member of the Senate put it, "We need a leader now, not later." But the question still begs by many, especially those who will be living among him in Port Menier - who is Tesla LaBlanc?


The prime minister is originally from Sept Iles and served in the Quebec-Militia after the fall of Faraway. He continued as a volunteer militia-man and quickly achieved the rank of general - something a man had not held for a long time in that part of North America. He also attended Bishop's University where he earned a degree in law. LaBlanc is also a Roman Catholic, like many Canadians. However, unlike most members of Parliament, LaBlanc does not belong to a political party which may have been why he received such a large majority of votes. His political ideology is, or at least rumored to be by officials, conservative. However regardless of who he is, the prime minister is now leading the country at a time when it is most influential. 


His decisions will count, now more than ever, as the country takes its first steps in the the international community. 

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Debate Erupts in Parliament Over Tax Structure

Should Canada have a "flat-tax" or traditional tax system?






The House of Representatives has stayed in past its scheduled recess to resolve what kind of income tax Canadians should pay to the federal government - if any. Three main factions of members of parliament have formed regarding the issue of taxes: members who support a traditional tax where the wealthier pay more, members who support a "flat-tax" and members who support there being no federal income tax and instead a sales tax. 


The debate began by the request of the prime minister who wanted taxes to be "the first obstetrical [government] gets through together," however the debate has brought anything but unity. One member of parliament blasted his peers for wanting to "devastate the poor" because "a poor man needs the five-percent of his income much more than a rich man needs five-percent of his income." Another member, in support of the flat-tax countered, "Living in Canada is a right, not a privilege.  However equality under justice is also a right given to all Canadians and we can not simply excuse some from paying taxes and supporting their government. Ponder this: if only the wealthy pay taxes, then who really controls this country?" 


Multiple arguments arose from all sides. Some said the poor should pay a smaller percentage, some said the poor should pay no taxes and a hand-full of members argued that the poor should pay a small percentage of taxes more then the wealthy "in order to give them incentive to move up in the social latter." Prime Minister Tesla said, "I believe everyone, nomatter how much money one makes, should pay their fair share to the government. If anyone believes they are entitled to not having to pay taxes, then I believe under the same assumption that they should not have the right to vote. I do not think, however, that the poor should pay more than the rich as some suggested today." The prime minister kept his comments vague and did not elaborate as to if he thought the poor should pay the same percentage as the wealthy, but did say that he, "believe[s] the House of Representatives will make the best decision for the people they represent." 


While a similar debate is expected to occur in the Senate, the House of Representatives is much more divided and has already attempted to pass four bills regarding taxes which all failed by over sixty-percent. For now, the Canadian $50,000,000 debt will continue to grow until taxes bring in revenue.  

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Parliament Creates Budget - Taxes Included




Arguments and bickering have lead to have resulted in a tax structure never seen before in the Western Hemisphere. Compromise was made on all sides, but a solution was met. 


"Discussion and debate are healthy for a republic," said Prime Minister Tesla after parliament passed its first federal budget, "We may discuss and even bicker at times, but our greatest success comes when we find a solution together. That is what being a commonwealth is all about." The prime minister expressed has approval of the legislation drafted by parliament because of "appeases everyone and is fair," something many were expecting not to happen. Surprisingly, however, the tax structure will be simple. 


Canadians who are in the center of opinion when it comes to economics will be happy to know that there is actually a tax structure; opposed to some members who believed there should be no federal income tax at all. Those on the economic right will also be pleased that a "flat-tax" is set in place for income at ten-percent for all Canadians. But, those on the left will be satisfied to know that while a flat-tax exists, people who are considered "poor" by the government will be eligible to receive half of the money they send off in taxes. Both those on the right and left seem appeased that this will allow everyone to pay their fair share in taxes but also give the poor some of their taxes back if seriously needed. It will also, according to members of parliament, "ensure that the safety-net for the poor of our country will not become a hammock." Revenue generated from taxes is expected to cause a surplus for the government soon.


The budget, among other things, provides funding for "the exploration of space", however the prime minister nor his government have yet to confirm or deny if this will result in a full-fledged space program like what the Americans have. 

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