Trudeau Government in Malaise


Retired_Can_Soldier
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At mid-term, the Liberal government is stuck.


A mid-term malaise is not rare, but no new government in recent memory had ascended to power with greater expectations than Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.

Now, it needs to recast itself as the progressive government Canadians thought they had elected in 2015, or face significant political threats on both of its flanks.

This is the time in the life of a government when it must face the fact that lofty aspirations have flown head first into the rock face of reality, and much of that will be on display this week as Trudeau meets U.S. President Donald Trump.

The handling of the bilateral Canada-U.S. file had been one of the triumphs of the Trudeau government, but all the strategic nurturing in the world hasn’t stopped the U.S. from throwing NAFTA proposals on the table which many believe are poison pills meant to kill a deal, or from targeting the Canadian aerospace industry with a ridiculous 300 per cent tariff.


Nowhere has the gap between expectations and delivery been wider than on Indigenous reconciliation, part of a sweeping series of pledges Trudeau made on the campaign trail.
It has had two effects — it has helped elevate Indigenous issues in this country to the national conversation and has delivered a greater awareness of historic injustice, but it has also highlighted that Liberal gap.


Despite a commitment to end all drinking water advisories on reserves within five years, the government says there were still 41 short-term advisories as of Aug. 31 and 103 advisories that have been in place for more than a year. The statistics do not include British Columbia.


Symbolic measures have outnumbered substantive measures, but all Liberal efforts on the file will be overshadowed by the failings of the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which, in a further sign it is not ready for prime time, announced its latest resignations on a Saturday in the middle of a long weekend.


This should have been the lowest-hanging fruit when it came to Indigenous reconciliation.


Another Liberal promise, electoral reform, was cynically tossed overboard after a long series of sham hearings and questionnaires.

The early glow as Trudeau’s government welcomed Syrian refugees has long ago faded. Now the debate revolves around those arriving illegally at land crossings and whether Trudeau oversold the welcoming nature of this country’s immigration system.
Promised deficits of under $10 billion for two years before a return to balanced books was quickly punted and although this year’s deficit is smaller than forecast, there is no longer any timetable for balance.


Two years after pledging that Canada would return to a peacekeeping role as a sign the country is back on the international stage, the plan is in limbo.


Worse, this government can seem petty, whether moving to tax employee discounts (now apparently under government review), a measure that goes after low-paid retail clerks, not the 1 per cent, or spending more than $110,000 fighting an Indigenous girl’s $6,000 dental claim.


It has spent more than $700,000 fighting a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal order that it cease discriminating against Indigenous children when it comes to health and social services spending.


Trudeau’s finance minister, Bill Morneau, has stumbled in trying to sell promised tax reforms, underestimating the opposition from small business and farmers and handing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and his Conservatives a ready-made cause.


And, after playing with an empty net on the other side, Trudeau now faces two parties energized by new leaders, the Conservatives under Scheer and the New Democrats under Jagmeet Singh.
A recent gaggle of polls show the Conservatives drawing even with the Liberals, but polling data two years from an election is largely irrelevant.


The good news for the Liberals is that voters still appear to give Trudeau a long leash and he remains personally popular.
What it does show is the Liberals can no longer glide along on the 2015 headwinds which kept them comfortably ahead of two parties without permanent leaders.


It shows that this is a government still grappling with the tough work of governing, with too many ministers having to find their way in the first half of the mandate.


But it is also a government with two years to regain its progressive footing, whether it be on the environment, a smooth roll-out of marijuana legislation or a meaningful foreign policy victory.


Right now, the malaise means danger to the Liberal brand
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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I'm somewhat surprised that the article didn't reference the divide that the Libs have developed on the environmental file.

Having gotten elected (in part) with a stance on pandering to the greenie crowd, once elected, he doubled back pretty quickly in pushing for approval on the various pipeline files.

It doesn't matter that he moved the goal posts on the regulatory side of things (most folks won't look that far), but in the end, he will lose a measure of support from the enviro crowd and clearly lose any support from the various resource sectors and all those that rely on it for income.
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

Having gotten elected (in part) with a stance on pandering to the greenie crowd, once elected, he doubled back pretty quickly in pushing for approval on the various pipeline files.

I'm not so sure he will lose that support. Environmentalist groups will probably hold their noses, they aren't above hypocrisy. Look at Flossy.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
+1
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Flossy is an example of an extremeist (and a mindless one at that). Ultimately, we'll have to wait and see what (if any) fallout occurs.

In my opinion, JT's government has not really accomplished anything measurable during his tenure and with a stagnant economy hounding him, there will be added discontent to accompany things like the pipeline stuff, threats to tax retail sector folk, small business, etc, etc.

I honestly don't know at this point exactly how the Libs would describe their base supporters considering that they've taken a run at so many different segments of the overall demographic
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
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Andrew Scheer faces some real hurtles as well. He will need to keep his focus right of center, but not too right or they will be branded with the usual, anti-abortion-anti-gay-Christian fundamentalist stigma the Liberals and NDP love to fling around.
 
Curious Cdn
Conservative
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Trudeau Government in Malaise

Here we go, again! More aid money to Malaise! It's bad enough that they've already blown the aid budget sending shipments of covfefe to Nambia.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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Quote: Originally Posted by Retired_Can_Soldier View Post

Andrew Scheer faces some real hurtles as well. He will need to keep his focus right of center, but not too right or they will be branded with the usual, anti-abortion-anti-gay-Christian fundamentalist stigma the Liberals and NDP love to fling around.

All of the leaders will have to do some pretty fancy talking, JT especially.

On that note, the NDP look to have appointed a pretty charismatic leader; this does not bode well for the Libs as it may act to split teh vote and dilute the Lib base somewhat.
 
Hoid
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The classic Liberal government is a do-nothing government. A wait and see specialist.

Perhaps Trudeau is just hitting his stride.
 
Angstrom
No Party Affiliation
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Trudeau has doomed his government from the beginning. Too many snowflake projects promised and not enough money to fund them all

And now he will destroy himself trying to find new revenues.
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by Retired_Can_Soldier View Post

Andrew Scheer faces some real hurtles as well. He will need to keep his focus right of center, but not too right or they will be branded with the usual, anti-abortion-anti-gay-Christian fundamentalist stigma the Liberals and NDP love to fling around.

Hurdles.
 
taxslave
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by Retired_Can_Soldier View Post

I'm not so sure he will lose that support. Environmentalist groups will probably hold their noses, they aren't above hypocrisy. Look at Flossy.

Mostly the eco nuts will vote dipper or green. Especially now that they have this unholy alliance in BC.Which should split the cleft vote.
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
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Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

Hurdles.

Correct.