Justin Trudeau has shown he handles the communications side of being prime minister with aplomb. But making the government work for all Canadians requires more than showing up with a smile.
Canadian foreign policy
The decision to sign the Saudi arms deal speaks volumes about Trudeau's foreign policy, revealing a government with a progressive public face contradicted by a ruthless disregard for human rights.
The Trudeau team is poised to fail two significant foreign policy tests. One deals with an individual war criminal, while the other is a massive terrorism and torture trade show.
"Responsible conviction" is the guiding principle Stéphane Dion has proposed for extending help to Canadians detained abroad. What's missing are concrete commitments in Canadian foreign policy.
The Libyan story should provide critically important foreign policy lessons for the West and for Canada, but without a mea culpa and recognition of this catastrophic error, no one will learn anything.
Why does a U.S. president in the last year of his mandate want to meet and entertain Justin Trudeau? It is a question Canadians should be asking.
Saudi Arabia, our Middle Eastern allies, just killed 47 people deemed "terrorists" in a single day. And Canada just sold Saudi Arabia $15 billion in weapons.
The kidnapping of two Canadians in the Philippines brings attention to a series of little-reported human rights abuses carried out in the name of "national security" over the past 15 years.
We are becoming a ship of fools adrift on international waters, and not only is that obscured by Harper's doubletalk, but the opposition parties have failed to bring any of this to light.
The central role of the Canadian mining industry in the abuse, dispossession, and forced displacement of many thousands of people around the world deserves serious debate.