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September-October 2018

What’s inside: The federal government’s election reform bill

After Trudeau’s Liberals promised to eliminate the first-past-the-post system, we see how the government’s election reform bill stacks up

Celie Deagle

On the campaign trail, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heartily assured supporters of his commitment to reform Canada’s electoral system and “make every vote count.” Once in office, though, Trudeau’s enthusiasm fizzled out and no legislation was pushed through Parliament. Nonetheless, the Liberal government introduced Bill C-76 this April, which aims to overhaul the current Canada […] More »
July-August 2018

Why won’t Justin Trudeau’s Liberals reinstate an effective prisoner rehabilitation program?

LifeLine helped prisoners envision and prepare for life beyond bars

Will Pearson

Thousands of federal offenders are serving life sentences in Canada’s justice system, and critics say they aren’t getting the rehabilitative support they need. “A life sentence is quite different from a traditional sentence,” explains Anita Desai, executive director of the St. Leonard’s Society of Canada. People serving life sentences, or “lifers,” often grapple with a […] More »
September-October 2017

The steep cost of renovating 24 Sussex

Just call it a money pit

Amy van den Berg@vandenba

The residence at 24 Sussex has been vacant since the Harpers moved out in October 2015, with the Trudeaus in no apparent hurry to move into the house deemed in “urgent” need of repairs. In fact, the auditor general pegged renovation costs at $10 million back in 2008, and nearly a decade on, there’s reason […] More »
September-October 2017

Why Canada’s friends abroad need to get over Justin Trudeau

He's not all that

RM Vaughan@rm_vaughan

Dear Europeans, Listen, we Canadians are fond of you. And sometimes you Europeans can even find our country on a map. We like the way you keep it post-colonial. But we have to have a chat about Prime Minister Trudeau. The new one, Justin. Not Disco Trudeau—that was Trudeau 2.0’s dad. I’m talking about Yoga […] More »
September-October 2017

Trudeau performance review: Economy

Critics were skeptical of the PM's plans for a short-term deficit, but it's paying off

Amy van den Berg@vandenba

Trudeau’s majority win in 2015 promised many things, among them a strong economy and a happy middle class. Early on he revealed the party’s plans to run a “modest short-term” deficit of no more than $10 billion a year to achieve this, and hit the ground running with campaign promises of better infrastructure, innovation spending, […] More »
September-October 2017

Trudeau performance review: Social issues

He sports socks to celebrate Eid and attends Pride—a step forward from his predecessor. But the PM still has work to do

Fatima Syed

Three women stand in the main reception area of Mississauga, Ont.’s city hall, desperately looking over a crowd holding their phones above their heads. They share a giddiness that’s palpable, even contagious. All three are visible minorities—women of colour with black hair and brown skin. One of them wears a bright blue hijab. All three […] More »
September-October 2017

Trudeau performance review: Foreign affairs

How the PM has failed to tackle climate change, refugees, and more on the global stage

Tannara Yelland@tyelland

Since taking office, Trudeau has been astute at bringing the politics of personality and appearance to the fore, a smiling face making overtures toward progressivism as his party upholds many of the policies their voters were spurning. His approach since Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president has been one of conciliation, even on matters that an […] More »
September-October 2017

Trudeau performance review: Indigenous rights

For a devastatingly poor national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and no action on drinking water crises, the PM earns a failing grade

Kyle Edwards

Just last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “No relationship is more important to our government and to Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples.” He promised a renewed nation-to-nation relationship—one that would uphold the treaties and constitutionally protected rights of Indigenous people while fixing the many socioeconomic crises that often plague Indigenous communities. He also […] More »
September-October 2017

Inside Justin Trudeau’s first two years in power

In this performance report, we take stock of how the PM has fared at the halfway point of his term

This Magazine@thismagazine

Justin Trudeau has reached the midway point of his term as prime minister. But after two years in power, how much change has he truly made? In this special report, we grade Trudeau’s performance—and our PM has some serious work to do. TRUDEAU’S MEDIA PRESENCE: C- “When American news is dominated by a president with no […] More »
September-October 2017

Trudeau performance review: Media presence

On photobombs and novelty socks

Hana Shafi@hanashafi

When American news is dominated by a president with no filter, it’s hard to not be enraptured by our self-proclaimed feminist hunk prime minister. Many Canadians have spent the last year or so consumed by a dizzying high of how lucky we are, how special we are, how unbelievably progressive we are. While the United States […] More »

Justin Trudeau says he has trade with the U.S. under control—and it’s all thanks to his friendship with Donald Trump

On 'Trumpdeau' and the politics of trade between Canada and America

Amy van den Berg@vandenba

On July 1, President Donald Trump posted a tweet congratulating Canada on its 150th anniversary and referred to the prime minister as “my new found friend @JustinTrudeau.” This might seem odd, especially in light of recent disagreements between the two leaders over the Paris climate accord and Trump’s threats to ditch the 20-year-old North American Free […] More »