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Old 02-16-2020, 07:36 PM
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Trudeau has been in the papers again, being criticized for his response to the railways being blocked by protestors. Cancelled his vacation. Said it’s up to police discretion to deal with the problem.

The right to protest is important. And police and politics should be as separate as possible. But I felt uneasy when folks were allowed to block the highways around Toronto over an obscure foreign dispute, and I don’t think continuing to block rail lines is reasonable given its importance to our country.

No one wants a repeat of some previous crises where responses were excessive. But it is wrong to hold others hostage over a mild to moderate grievance. I see pipelines as necessary and think real and reasonable consultation with stakeholders important. The original consultations were slipshod. But it still has to be possible for Canadians to do business, and sometimes that means enforcing the law, hopefully with compassion and fairness, if diplomatic talks are not progressing. Much reconciliation work may remain, but this simply is not the avenue for change. It causes a degree of ill will. It sets a poor precedent and regrettable example. I don’t know the answers, but I know this isn’t the way they should be found.
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We live in a country where First Nations people can have all the rights they want until they start interfering with the potential profits of the oil industry at which time the RCMP will deploy in force, prepared to murder.

Again, if Gord Downie was alive to write a song about this, any mentions of Trudeau would not be complimentary.
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Old 02-16-2020, 10:24 PM
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We live in a country where First Nations people can have all the rights they want until they start interfering with the potential profits of the oil industry at which time the RCMP will deploy in force, prepared to murder. ...
Wow. Only the first five words of this response are true. That's some seriously misunderstood hyperbole right there.
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Canada seems able to set aside partisan bickering during crises. Coronavirus is a big health and economic challenge for any government. So how has Trudeau done?

So far, I would say fairly well. I think he listened to Canadian experts and largely took necessary steps. Yes, hospitals are still underresourced and the economy is postponed. But better to be big as long as things are dialed back as soon as reasonable. We are lucky to have had time to observe other places and to have had some local experience with epidemics.

Still, many challenges lay ahead. Do you folks think he has done okay thus far? Despite delays, decentralized messaging, so many known and unknown concerns?
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I'm a Conservative: no surprise. Trudeau, and his Liberals have handled this extremely well. I have zero complaints.
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He's got a beard now. Sort of a goatee style
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Its to distance him from his previous image which was a cultivated ascendant, devil-may-care reincarnation of PET persona, but became a "fun-time" irresponsible rich-frat-boy persona after all the black face photos came out. The goatee is to remind people that he isn't a young kid anymore, but a responsible adult. Trudeau is someone who works tirelessly on public relations and image.
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All Canadian governments focus on perception as much as policy. Id be 0.3% happier if I never heard the phrase were going to travel the country to talk to the people and get their opinions about subject X on any mildly controversial hot potato like marijuana, gun control or whatever else.

But Trudeau has done well on the coronavirus file apart from the curious and serious overreach in grabbing power for long periods of time, instantly dialed back. He has been both tough and diplomatic with the US. He has emphasized the seriousness and offered somewhat reasonable solutions. Ford has also benefited from these rare displays of maturity. But, as I have said elsewhere, it is easy to take bold steps and tougher to dial them back quickly. I hope Trudeau does this well, for the sake of all Canadians.
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