Justin Trudeau Is Canada’s New Prime Minister (Link)

Justin Trudeau Is Canada’s New Prime Minister (Link)

Let’s congratulate Canada. They have ousted the conservatives. The Liberals are back. Justin Trudeau is Canada’s new Prime Minister.

Justin Trudeau: Who Is Canada’s New Prime Minister? (Link)

Just a few months ago, Justin Trudeau was an unlikely contender to be Canada’s next prime minister. Running third in the polls, behind incumbent Stephen Harper’s Conservatives and the resurgent leftwing New Democratic party, Trudeau – son of legendary prime minister Pierre Trudeau – was slated as too young (he is 43) and too inexperienced.

What changed? Harper’s tactics, referring to his challenger condescendingly as “Justin” and campaign ads that poked fun at his “nice hair”, found no grip among a section of the electorate that wanted the Conservatives out at all costs, and increasingly saw Trudeau as the best chance of achieving that.

On Abortion

He is pro-choice: “It is not for any government to legislate what a woman chooses to do with her body. And that is the bottom line.”

On Taxes

His first move will be to raise taxes on the richest 1% to fund cuts for the middle classes.

On Marijuana

Trudeau has said he would start moves to legalise it “right away”, based on the Colorado model.

— Claire Phipps, The Guardian

Justin Trudeau and Liberal Party Prevail with Stunning Rout in Canada (Link)

The nine-year reign of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party came to a sudden and stunning end on Monday night at the hands of Justin Trudeau, the young leader of the Liberal Party.

Starting with a sweep of the Atlantic provinces, the Liberals capitalized on what many Canadians saw as Mr. Harper’s heavy-handed style, and the party went on to capture 184 of the 338 seats in the next House of Commons. The unexpected rout occurred 47 years after Mr. Trudeau’s father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, first swept to power.

The election became something of a referendum on Mr. Harper’s approach to government, which, in the view of his critics, has often focused on issues important to core Conservative supporters, mostly in the West, rather than to much of the population. 

— Ian Austin, The New York Times

Where Does Trudeau Stand on the TPP?

Personally, I had hoped Canada’s new leadership would be our ally in blocking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. However, it is unclear where Justin Trudeau stands on the TPP. We know he supports free trade, but he has also criticized the secretive nature of the TPP talks.

Statement by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (Link)

“The Liberal Party of Canada strongly supports free trade, as this is how we open markets to Canadian goods and services, grow Canadian businesses, create good-paying jobs, and provide choice and lower prices to Canadian consumers.

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership stands to remove trade barriers, widely expand free trade for Canada, and increase opportunities for our middle class and those working hard to join it. Liberals will take a responsible approach to thoroughly examining the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Harper Conservatives have failed to be transparent through the entirety of the negotiations – especially in regards to what Canada is conceding in order to be accepted into this partnership…

“If the Liberal Party of Canada earns the honour of forming a government after October 19th, we will hold a full and open public debate in Parliament to ensure Canadians are consulted on this historic trade agreement.”

— Justine Trudeau

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JoAnn Chateau
  • Reblogged this on Lost Dudeist Astrology and commented:
    I would like to see the “Top 1% tax” graded as well. Taxing a physician or attorney more heavily who is Top 1% (maybe making $250K or so per year) has a very different impact on that individual than taxing a Billionaire at the same tax rate. (Should adjust accordingly.)

  • Yay Canada! So happy so hear about this change. The hardest part about my (former) “home and native land” is getting them riled up enough to push for change (Toronto’s crack-smoking Mayor was allowed to keep serving till he choose!) so this is wonderful news.

    Check out this Last Week Tonight about the election if you missed it:


    My favorite part is the former Prime Minister Harper saying pot is infinitely worse than cigarettes, haha. Good riddance.

  • Not entirely sure whether Justin will be able to do much by way of reforming anything — (parliament not being where ‘real’ power resides) — but, hey, if pot is legalized, well that is something if you are into that. At least you’d be smoking something of which you could be certain of its pharmaceutical quality. Although I think I’d be growing it in the flower beds out back, somewhere between the hollyhocks and Rudbeckia hirtas. I’m sure my wife will know where best to plant it. B.C. bud by strain though I don’t know how well it would do, here, in Ontario.

    • Better than Harper, everyone says. But guess it will be up to the people to push for real legislative change – there is no rest for Canadian & American activists.

  • Yes we had a peaceful regime change and although, Justin isn’t my first choice I am so relieved to see the end of Harper. Only time will tell whether this young man will restore our former glory.

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