Justin Trudeau's politics in a nutshell: Make grand, sweeping pronouncements and reap the precious political capital; then actively work against the commitment you ostensibly made huffingtonpost.ca/2018/10/03/lib… #cdnpoli
This has been a consistent feature of Trudeau's government and the way it conducts itself generally. Consider Carolyn Bennett going before the UN in the summer of 2016 to adopt UNDRIP and compare to the posture the government assumed mere months later:
Or consider the way the government has tended to posture around the issue of economic inequality on the world stage: in Europe, Trudeau sounds the alarm about rising inequality and in Canada he opposes universal programs and cuts taxes for people making 200K a year
On the environment, climate change is both real and an urgent threat but, simultaneously, building new pipelines and investing billions of public money into them is a vital policy imperative
Or consider Trudeau's rhetoric on refugees vs the reality of the government's position as outlined in this piece theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
Another example is the Liberal National Poverty Strategy announced a few weeks ago: relatively radical in rhetoric but including none of the funds or resources necessary to even begin to address the issue of poverty in a holistic fashion pressprogress.ca/heres-why-anti…
This is a structural feature of Liberal governance not, as some would have us believe, a matter of "political realities" intruding on earnest good intentions. The Liberal Party does not intend to end poverty, move the economy away from fossil fuels, or pursue reconciliation.

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