While Trudeau's persona of a progressive internationalist has won him kudos at home and abroad, his staunch support for Israel at the UN has left Canada significantly offside with public opinion.
There has been no indication from Team Trudeau that it wants to add value to world politics, only that it wants to protect the status quo in relations with the U.S.
It appears the attack in Quebec City was motivated by hatred of Muslims. That should be a wake-up call to all Canadians.
Like the Clintons and Blair, Trudeau exudes empathy for the excluded -- while clinging fiercely to (free) trade deals.
The election of Donald Trump creates a new opportunity for Canada to distance itself from advocates of U.S.-style capitalism as the way ahead for the world.
The Trudeau cabinet has judged that Canada-wide backing for increased exports from the Alberta bitumen sands overshadows B.C. opposition to shipping dilbit via pipeline to Metro Vancouver.
"Pay to play": that is what businesses looking for contracts or friendly legislation are told by insiders paid to know how to make things happen in Canada.
When it comes to trade and investment deals, the facts mean nothing. The federal government makes its own "reality" by crafting "facts" to fit its policy objectives.
Under the deceptive banner of "Canada is back," the Trudeau Liberals are intent on the delivery of a Trump-like policy platform that runs roughshod over Indigenous rights.
The Trudeau government wants to move away from coal. Will that mean increased reliance on nuclear? And what about mitigation strategies for displaced workers?