Posted April 13, 2018

Trudeau’s Actions Often Fall Short of the Rhetoric

One of the attributes that propelled Justin Trudeau to power in the 2015 election was his propensity to be pleasant in his words and demeanour. This was in sharp contrast to Stephen Harper’s dour persona.

On the other hand, Harper was careful to say what he believed, even if the message was unpopular in some quarters. Trudeau wants all of his messages to be popular, whether or not they reflect what his government actually does.

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The Liberals have produced another barely balanced budget, but we still have a lot of debt and will need a rejuvenated population for long term viability.

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There was so much to talk about in Tuesday’s budget that big chunks of it were released in the preceding days.

Arguably, the most important element was the multi-faceted boost to family physician compensation. It has several attractive features:

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When parties experiencing a testy relationship come to an agreement, the necessary concessions often come from a group that is not represented at the bargaining table.

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“Our Constitution works: our great republic is a government of laws, not of men. Here the people rule.” Thus spoke incoming US President Gerald Ford as he replaced his disgraced predecessor, Richard Nixon, in 1974.

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