There’s a good article in the Ottawa Citizen by Andrew MacDougall, a London-based communications consultant and one-time director of communications to former prime minister Stephen Harper, in which he says that “Justin Trudeau’s proposition to the world was the same as his pitch to Canadians: I’m not Stephen Harper … [and] … If Canadians choose me, Trudeau promised, the prickly, stubborn Canada you’ve come to loathe will be replaced with the kinder, more co-operative country you’ve traditionally known … [because] … Under a Trudeau government, there would be no more foot-dragging on climate change and no more belittling of bodies such as the United Nations. The popping of corks from the re-stocked Fort Pearson commissary could be heard around the world … [but] … much like Trudeau has gotten away with domestic action that falls short of his words, the world remains short of Canada’s action even if it’s got plenty of Trudeau’s words.“
Mr MacDougall provides a familiar litany of complaints about the Trudeau regime’s failures to live up to it’s promises:
- “It’s also contradictory to what Trudeau promised in order to differ from Harper, which was to “end the combat mission in Iraq and Syria” … [but] … we’ve beefed up our special forces contributions on the ground and that’s surely useful … But, whatever, right?“
- “Despite the UN’s obvious shortcomings, Trudeau still thinks it better that Canada is “back” to its traditional role of UN blue helmet, although we’re giving the UN a bad case of the blue you-know-whats as we decide where, exactly, to whip out our peacekeepers to show everyone how big (hearted) they are;” and
- “Even where Trudeau has kept a foreign promise, as on climate change, he did it using Stephen Harper targets.“
He could have added that our promised “battle group” ~ which is, really, at 450± soldiers, about ⅓ of an up-to-strength NATO battle group ~ destined to serve with NATO in Latvia, still more promise than reality.
In short, as Andrew MacDougall says, “being against Harper isn’t the same as being for something … [and] … Indeed, the shortest route to plaudits on the world stage is to trade away Canada’s interests. Stephen Harper raged against Canada’s old habit of “going along to get along” for precisely that reason. Trudeau is, by nature, a get-along guy … [but] … Trudeau can chart a different course for Canada, but success lies in keeping Harper’s healthy skepticism of foreign motives whilst being clear in one’s own.“