Canada's prime minister is adored by liberals around the world—but beneath the charm lies a deeply suspect political recordby Shafi Musaddique / July 11, 2017 / Leave a comment
Humans have long looked for icons, saints and cult heroes, to worship. It continues apace today, in the form of admiration for Justin Trudeau. Adulation and adoration seems to meet Canada’s PM wherever he goes, widely unchallenged from both the public and media alike. Social media posts by well-known publications declare an inability for “hearts to cope.” A quick Google search reveals listicles on why the world has fallen in love with Trudeau. And why not? Sweeping in a gender-neutral cabinet, cutting tax for middle income earners and ratifying a free trade deal with the EU tick boxes for the majority of Canada’s electorate.
But it’s time the fawning over Trudeau stopped. Journalists beyond Canada’s syrupy shores have chosen unabashed praise, but withholding scrutiny does no one any favours. And the maple-tinted glasses have allowed commentators to neglect key injustices, perpetrated on the world’s most impoverished by the Trudeau administration.
Vested interests in economic projects with Saudi Arabia, questionable policy on fossil fuels and cosy, uncritical relationships with foreign powers lie at the root of Donald “America First” Trump’s appeal. But, in differing ways, Trudeau commits these same sins.