Canada’s election, during which Justin Trudeau’s chickens come residence to roost / Boing Boing



Justin Trudeau isn’t your woke bae, he is simply Joe Biden with abs: there is no coverage so progressive that JT will not endorse it, offered that he by no means has to do something to make good on that endorsement, which is how JT ended up being complicit in the #MuslimBan, making Canada’s Patriot Act much worse, bailing out the Transcanada pipeline so in service to Alberta’s filthy, planet-destroying tar sands, abandoning his promises for indigenous reconciliation, rescuing the giant Saudi arms deal, caving to Trump on NAFTA 2.0, and putting partisanship ahead of justice to get a corrupt, large engineering firm off the hook, throwing his indigenous Lawyer Common beneath the bus so as to protect his relationship with an enormous celebration donor.


Thought-about in that gentle, his multiple brown- and blackface incidents really feel just like the icing on a giant, inedible cake.


It is onerous to think about that historical past will likely be variety to Trudeau’s posterity — in any case, even Justin Trudeau took to the streets to march against Justin Trudeau’s policies.


Yesterday, Canadians went to the polls to elect a brand new parliament and Prime Minister. They dealt a brutal blow to Trudeau and his Liberal Social gathering, voting out twenty of his MPs. In the meantime, the Tories — who’ve been riven by inside divisions because the white nationalist wing of the celebration has bored with being rebuffed by the Tory’s plutocrat energy brokers and schismed, founding their very own “Individuals’s Social gathering” — picked up 26 seats and narrowly received the favored vote.


The Liberals nonetheless have the most important block in Parliament, and can kind a minority authorities, counting on the leftist New Democratic Social gathering (who misplaced 15 seats) to provide the majorities they should enact their agenda. This can act as a strong test on Trudeau’s politics of Clintonian sellout triangulation, with NDP chief Jagmeet Singh publicly declaring the cost of his support: “assist for a nationwide pharmacare plan, investments in housing, addressing pupil debt, decreasing mobile phone and web payments, motion on local weather, and elevating taxes on the wealthiest Canadians.”


It will likely be attention-grabbing/terrifying to observe what occurs subsequent. The Bloc Quebecois gained 22 seats and now has 32 MPs (the Greens managed three MPs); the Bloc has a combined bag of priorities and insurance policies, together with broad assist for the provincial Parti Québécois’s racist “spiritual image ban.”


In the meantime, the Liberal Social gathering’s inside energy brokers — who received each battle over the previous 5 years to place celebration over nation and look over substance — are actually going to be engaged in a high-stakes sport of brinksmanship, demanding that the NDP assist more-of-the-same neoliberal sellouts, dangling the specter of an election-triggering no-confidence vote and a attainable Conservative majority.


Although Trudeau’s Liberals did reinvest funds that Harper’s Conservatives minimize from Palestinian refugees, progressives rapidly seen how Trudeau and his authorities would exit of their method to assault Canadians who advocated for Palestinian rights. This was accompanied by strong diplomatic assist for the insurance policies of the right-wing Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel, who was the antithesis of all the pieces Trudeau was purported to symbolize.


In area after area, Liberal international coverage appeared to return out of the Harper playbook. This included Canada’s participation in a marketing campaign to pressure regime change in oil-rich Venezuela and approving file weapons gross sales to a infamous human rights violator, Saudi Arabia, because it wages a brutal battle in Yemen.


Even Trudeau’s feminist international coverage appeared hole.


What good did it do for Yemeni ladies whose communities are being destroyed with Canadian weapons, Palestinian ladies shot for protesting the blockade on Gaza or Venezuelan ladies impoverished by a Canadian-backed financial blockade?


Canada election 2019: full results


Justin Trudeau: The good news – and bad – for Canada’s PM [Jessica Murphy/BBC]


Justin Trudeau’s political setback: A surprise to the world, but not to Canada [Jeremy Wildeman/The Conversation]


(Picture: Justin Trudeau promotional photo, Jean-Marc Carisse, CC BY, modified; Oil Covering a Beach – Black Sea Oil Spill 11/12/07, Marine Photobank, CC BY, modified)