Magazine article New Internationalist

Introducing. Justin Trudeau

Magazine article New Internationalist

Introducing. Justin Trudeau

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In October canadian voters, against all the odds and all initial polling, elected Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party to a majority government. Not only did the youthful Trudeau (45 years old) revive the near moribund Liberals (once considered the country's 'natural ruling party') but he led them in an assault against the most stubborn redoubt of neo-conservatism in the Western world. The contrast between the passionate and engaging Trudeau and the cold and cynical calculations of conservative boss Stephen Harper could not have been more stark. Harper has presided over canadian political life for a decade with an authoritarian neo-liberalism based on ruthless austerity at home and a belligerent foreign policy stance on everything from climate change denial to a blank cheque for Israeli expansionism. As he grew more desperate during the campaign, Harper cynically played the race card, privileging 'old stock' canadians and promising an Islamaphobic police phoneline to report 'barbaric cultural practices'. …

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