British Columbia Poses Big Tests for Trudeau 2.0

British Columbia Poses Big Tests for Trudeau 2.0

Postby Oscar » Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:11 am

British Columbia Poses Big Tests for Trudeau 2.0

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From Teck’s mine to the Wet’suwet’en blockade, grown-up decisions face the PM.

Michael Harris | January 31, 2020

Michael Harris, a Tyee contributing editor, is a highly awarded journalist and documentary maker. Author of Party of One, the bestselling exposé of the Harper government, his investigations have sparked four commissions of inquiry.

Some big B.C. issues will reveal whether Trudeau got the message after losing his majority and 27 seats, six in B.C. Photo by Adam Scotti, Office of the Prime Minister.

If you don’t count beards and doughnuts, Justin Trudeau 2.0 has had a pretty good beginning to the 43rd parliament.

Fate played a big role in that perception.

As the government was just about to enter the crucible of minority governing, the ghastly crash of Ukraine International Air Flight PS752 took over centre stage. All 176 people aboard the doomed aircraft died, including 57 Canadians. All told, 138 of the victims were heading for Canada.

As the tears fell and the anger rose, the prime minister acted with dignity, dispatch, and compassion. His tone struck the right balance of heartbreak and outrage that the accidental shooting down of an airliner full of innocent passengers inspired in everyone.

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