Maple leaf Zeitgeist? Assessing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s policy changes

Hadfield, A. (2017) Maple leaf Zeitgeist? Assessing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s policy changes. The Round Table, 106 (1). pp. 23-35. ISSN 0035-8533.

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In the October 2015 elections, the charismatic Justin Trudeau led the Canadian Liberal Party to its first majority government in 15 years, overturning nearly a decade of conservative government. His premiership is generally considered to have begun well.

This article examines Trudeau’s conduct of the election campaign, his choice of a young and diverse Cabinet, his courtship of the media and image making, and assesses changes in foreign and domestic policy. These have yet to prove substantive but Trudeau has signalled a reversal of Stephen Harper’s conservative policies and especially in regard to migration has tapped into images of ‘compassionate Canadians’. In foreign policy, this has been evidenced in relations with the United States and with a re-engagement with the Commonwealth especially in its soft power aspects.

Trudeau’s green credentials and stance on Climate Change are a contrast to those of his predecessor but he has yet to confront the different environmental profiles and policies of the Canadian states. Canada’s Strategic Partnership with the European Community and the ratification of CETA are priorities and he has to come to terms with the implications of Brexit.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JZ International relations > JZ1305 Scope of international relations. Political theory. Diplomacy
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Amelia Hadfield
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2017 09:20
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 12:30

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