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Maple leaf Zeitgeist? Assessing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?s policy changes

Hadfield, A. (2017) Maple leaf Zeitgeist? Assessing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?s policy changes The Round Table, 106 (1). pp. 23-35.

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In the October 2015 elections, the charismatic Justin Trudeau led the Canadian Liberal Party to its first majority government in 15 years, overturning nearly a decade of conservative government. His premiership is generally considered to have begun well. This article examines Trudeau’s conduct of the election campaign, his choice of a young and diverse Cabinet, his courtship of the media and image making, and assesses changes in foreign and domestic policy. These have yet to prove substantive but Trudeau has signalled a reversal of Stephen Harper’s conservative policies and especially in regard to migration has tapped into images of ‘compassionate Canadians’. In foreign policy, this has been evidenced in relations with the United States and with a re-engagement with the Commonwealth especially in its soft power aspects. Trudeau’s green credentials and stance on Climate Change are a contrast to those of his predecessor but he has yet to confront the different environmental profiles and policies of the Canadian states. Canada’s Strategic Partnership with the European Community and the ratification of CETA are priorities and he has to come to terms with the implications of Brexit.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
Date : 17 February 2017
DOI : 10.1080/00358533.2016.1272954
Uncontrolled Keywords : Pierre Trudeau; Canada; Liberal Party; Stephen Harper; Conservative Party; New Democratic Party; Immigration; Multiculturalism
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 20 Feb 2019 10:48
Last Modified : 20 Feb 2019 10:48

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