— The Erimtan Angle —

‘We’ve got a new Prime Minister in Canada. Justin Trudeau has been elected in a decisive win for the liberal party. Cenk Uygur, host of the The Young Turks, breaks it down . . . “Canada’s Liberal Party has decisively won a general election, ending nearly a decade of Conservative rule. The centrist Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau, started the campaign in third place but in a stunning turnaround now command a majority. Mr Trudeau, the 43-year-old son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, said Canadians had voted for real change”. Published on Oct 20, 2015’.

Establishment talking head and token Muslim name Fareed Zakaria states that “Justin Trudeau’s sweeping victory in Canada could be read as one more indication that voters in the Western world are moving left — and toward populism. The past year has seen the rise of Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of Britain’s Labour Party. In the United States, Bernie Sanders, a self-professed ‘democratic socialist’, has shaken up the Democratic primaries. But the lessons of Trudeau’s victory are somewhat more complicated”.[1]  And the term “complicated” is arguably code for unpalatable to the U.S. Senate and Congress . . . Zakaria, “[u]pper-class Indian academic raised in mostly secular household”,[2] explains that “Justin Trudeau promised to respond to Canada’s economic slowdown by running modest deficits and building infrastructure. (That’s something that most mainstream economists would support.) He has refused to raise Canada’s corporate tax rate, although he wants a slightly higher income tax for the top 1 percent to fund a middle-class tax cut. He has been noncommittal on the new trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, placing himself to the right of Hillary Clinton. He wants to legalize marijuana. And he has promised, vaguely, that Canada will have a more progressive climate change policy. This would put him squarely at the center-left in any Western country”.[3]

On the Liberal Party website, one can read the following: “We will invest in sustainable infrastructure that makes our communities safer and more resilient. Responsible governments do not walk away from challenges, or pretend they do not exist. We will protect our communities from the challenges of climate change and grow our economy by making significant new investments in green infrastructure. This includes investments in local water and wastewater facilities; clean energy; climate resilient infrastructure, including flood mitigation systems; and infrastructure to protect against changing weather. We will boost investment in green infrastructure by nearly $6 billion over the next four years, and almost $20 billion over ten years”.[4]

[1] Fareed Zakaria, “Justin Trudeau shows you don’t have to be angry to succeed in politics” The Washington Post (22 Oct 2015). https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/justin-trudeau-and-the-power-of-positive-politics/2015/10/22/1ab09a2c-78e6-11e5-b9c1-f03c48c96ac2_story.html.

[2] Joy Press, “The Interpreter” The Village Voice (09 August 2005). http://www.villagevoice.com/news/the-interpreter-6402768.

[3] Fareed Zakaria, “Justin Trudeau shows you don’t have to be angry to succeed in politics”.

[4] “Greener communities” Liberal. http://www.liberal.ca/realchange/greener-communities%e2%80%a8%e2%80%a8%e2%80%a8/.

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