HQ (english) : JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S TERM, A CRAGGY ROAD

A couple of months before the federal elections, it is time to look back on Justin Trudeau’s mandate. Indeed, in October 2019, Canadian citizens will take to polls in order to reelect Trudeau or hand the power over to the current MP’s opponents. 

ECONOMY: 

Justin Trudeau’s mandate was off to a rocky start due to a recession which occurred shortly after his team took power in 2015. The MP and his government quickly put in place a Liberal policy which aimed to launch a revival of the federal economy through massive investments in infrastructure. In a late 2018 report, the Bank of Canada stated that the country’s economy annually increases by two percent on average.

The Canadian MP is content to have “created 700,000 new jobs” since he took office. In that way, Canada has achieved full employment, and the country has reached its lowest unemployment rate in forty years. 

« We created 700,000 new jobs over the past three years, and right now we have the lower unemployment rate in recorded history in Canada.” 

However, the prosperous Canadian economy has shown marks of decline in the past couple of months. Trudeau’s positions regarding the financial deficit, the loss of budgetary balance, and the uncertainty of trade accords are yet to be reevaluated in order to bring stability back to Canada. 

ENVIRONMENT:

The MP’s approach of environmental matters seemed progressive and encouraging as he took power in 2015. Indeed, as he attended the COP 21 a couple of weeks following his election, he engaged in the treaty of Paris, meant to slow climate change.

Justin Trudeau at the COP 21 in 2015

 Despite a seemingly sustainable approach of international matters, Justin Trudeau’s outlook on the oil industry deteriorated the MP’s eco-friendly image. For instance, the building of oil pipelines and gas pipelines with public funds did not please supporters of a sustainable transition to renewable sources of energy. In addition, Trudeau’s support to Alberta, the industrial oil company, counteracts the Paris Agreement on climate. In fact, the organization has been proven to release vast amounts of greenhouse gas. 

The latest positions of the Canadian MP have shown an ambition to push green economy plans. Justin Trudeau seems to be conflicted between his capitalistic industrial ambitions and his desire for a sustainable framework on the international stage. 

MARIJUANA:

The revolutionary legalization of marijuana is tightly linked to Trudeau’s mandate, as it constituted a major campaign promise of his.  After two years of debate regarding the latter matter, Canada has legislated in favor of the consumers and the stock market. It has therefore become the first country in the G20 to legalize recreational cannabis. 

This event marks a historical and symbolic reform, as it is meant to fight against black market. One out of seven Canadians have admitted to consuming cannabis in 2017, showing the democratization of the drug.  The Toronto stock market has already invested billions of dollars in this cutting-edge industry, while the repercussions of the legalization measures are yet to be published. 

Legalization of marijuana in Canada

SCANDAL AND DIVIDED PUBLIC OPINION: 

According to the New York Times, Justin Trudeau was “ensnared by scandal” in a case involving SNC-Lavalin, an international engineering company, hiring nearly 50,000 employees worldwide. More than half of the staff members work in Quebec. The firm has been on trial since 2015. It has allegedly bribed Libyan governants in order to secure contracts with the country. (48 millions Canadian dollars’ worth of kickbacks)

A political thunderstorm linking Trudeau to SNC-Lavalin has struck the Canadian government in the past weeks.  Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould made the affair public when she quit her office denouncing the “veiled threats” she received, pressuring her to interfere in favor of the SNC-Lavalin in their corruption investigation. These inappropriate pressures are said to come from the MP himself, who denies any “improper behavior professionally. »

Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould at the House of Commons’ Justice Committee

The unprecedented political turmoil has reinvigorated the government’s opposition, who ask for Trudeau’s withdrawal from the political stage. Among others, the MP is facing calls to resign from the Conservative party, and the new democ. The latter’s leader, Jagmeet Singh, stated: “[Trudeau] might need to resign.”

In most recent news, Jane Philpott, the President of the Treasury Board, has also resigned from her functions in the cabinet as she declares not being able to represent Trudeau’s government, after her loss of trust regarding the Canadian administration. 

Jane Philpott resigning from the Treasury Board

Jody Wilson-Raybould’s speech seems to have convinced the people, as surveys show a great decline in Canadians’ voting intentions for liberals. In that manner, the Liberal leader looks increasingly isolated, seven months before the next elections. 

This corruption case could put Justin Trudeau’s reelection in jeopardy, thus unseating him from his functions at the higher office of Canada. 

 

 

Justin Trudeau’s term has been jagged, and he stumbled along the way with cleaving reforms. The recent scandal he is facing has destabilized his political edifice. 

The MP still has a couple of months to gain back his people’s trust and mobilize his supporters around the Liberal Party. What surprises do the future months hold regarding the reconstruction of unity in Canadian politics?

 

Adriana Bared

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