The Age of Trudeau and Trump
Recent Canadian foreign policy has been shaped by two elections. In 2015, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party of Canada won a majority of seats in the House of Commons. The Liberals’ election platform contained a multitude of promises, many of which suggested a significant shift away from the priorities of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government. From the outset, however, questions were raised as to whether this shift was more rhetorical than real. While the Trudeau government has altered a number of Conservative policies, continuity has marked a good deal of the Liberals’ approach to international affairs. Only a year after forming a government, the Liberals were faced with an intractable foreign policy challenge: the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. Trump’s presidency complicates the entire Liberal foreign policy agenda. Instead of focusing on reviving liberal internationalism, the Trudeau government must manage the resurgence of populism in the United States.
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