Well, the first 100 days of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government are over and done with.
On balance, he has done quite well, or, at least, well enough.
Despite my personal reservations about some of his decisions and about some of his choices, I think that he has not made any really serious missteps. Such polling data as we have seems to indicate that he remains popular, and Canadians, mostly, have confidence in what he is doing.
It seems to me that he has managed two “crises,” both of his own making I hasten to add, well enough:
- The refugee (numbers) fiasco; and
- The CF-18s/war against Da’esh/ISIL/ISIS problem.
Both, it seems to me, have been resolved to Canadians’ general satisfaction, but the unintended consequences of the Da’esh/ISIL/ISIS “solution” (if there are any, especially on the international stage) remain to be seen.
It also seems to me that:
- The Liberals have decided to remain in campaign mode for as long as they possibly can … maybe even until 2019 if they can manage it. I think that’s smart politics ~ Butts, Telford and, indeed, Prime Minister Trudeau himself, are formidable campaigners and “happy warriors” in the political campaign sense, too. It is less clear, to me, that any of that top level troika have much in the way of a “will to govern,” which is much more difficult; and
- The coordination and, therefore, coherence of the Liberal “message” has not, yet, become firm. I, personally, find this surprising because, unlike the Conservatives, I thought the Liberals had really solid “message management” discipline during the campaign. Why, in the early days of government, did we see so many ministers “freelancing” and commenting on files that were not their own, muddying the waters?
Both issues, especially the first one, might allow the Conservatives to drive wedges into this government.
But, on balance, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has had an uneventful ~ which means successful ~ first 100 days. Congratulations to him.
Now it is up to Rona Ambrose and the Conservatives to force Prime Minister Trudeau to govern for the good of all Canadians … I suspect that’s his weak spot.