Originally Posted by steelman
One big difference is that Justin is all for the Pipeline. On the opposite side of OBama, Sanders and Hilary.
I wouldn't say "all for" but he also wants to mend relations with the US, so he'll have to change Obama's mind. And his party still opposes it.
He ran on an interesting platform. Pretty similar to the US progressives.
Trudeau on the economy
As Canada’s new prime minister, Justin Trudeau inherits a slowing economy hit by the crash in the oil price. He promises to jump-start it through investment in infrastructure, with plans to run “modest” budget deficits of $25bn in the next three years.
“When you want to buy a new house . . . you take out a bank loan. You know that you can invest in your future because that’s what confident, optimistic countries do,” he said in an election debate.
His economic platform, which Stephen Harper dubbed “unicorns and rainbows”, has been criticised by the Conservatives for bringing Canada back into a deficit, although the Liberals argue historically low interest rates make it an opportune time for investment.
Financial analysts have mostly commended the plan. “The increased likelihood of more fiscal support for the economy would reduce the need for further rate cuts by the [Bank of Canada],” wrote Jens Nordvig from Nomura.
Mr Trudeau has also called for progressive tax reform. He pledged to push a tax bill as his first piece of legislation, cutting taxes for the middle class from 22 per cent to 20.5 per cent on income between $4,701 and $89,401 and raising taxes on the wealthy from 29 per cent to 33 per cent on Canadians who earn more than $200,000 a year.
In the near term the new prime minister will need to decide whether to ratify the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. He has said he wants to look at the terms and discuss it with parliament before approval, which will be a shift from Mr Harper who has ardently supported it.
Mr Trudeau also wants to legalise and regulate marijuana across Canada, a measure which he said he would push through “right away”. Canadian medical marijuana companies have applauded Mr Trudeau’s win, with shares of companies whose fortunes are tied to the drug soaring in trading on Tuesday.
Trudeau on the environment
The new prime minister is expected to take a stronger stand on climate change, in contrast with Mr Harper who has been slammed for pushing new energy pipelines at the expense of environmental concerns.
The Liberals have promised to create national targets for greenhouse gas emissions and spend $20bn in the next decade on “greener infrastructure”.
His ascension to power comes just before a global climate summit in Paris in November, at which Mr Trudeau has pledged to reclaim Canada’s credibility on climate change after Mr Harper withdrew the country from the Kyoto protocol and declined to join some international climate pacts.
“We will go to Paris . . . to talk about how we are going to meet that responsibility that we collectively share on this planet, to prevent a two-degree increase in global temperatures,” Mr Trudeau said.
However Mr Trudeau has supported the Keystone XL pipeline, a key initiative from Mr Harper’s government that had created a rift between US President Barack Obama and the Conservative leader, although he is against the Enbridge energy pipeline.
Trudeau on foreign policy
Mr Trudeau has promised to boost the number of Syrian refugees to Canada from 15,000 to 25,000. The Syrian refugee crisis had become a hot topic in the campaign after Mr Harper was accused of delaying refugee applications from Syria, sparking outrage from the left.
He also said he will end Canada’s bombing mission against Isis in Syria and Iraq and restore the diplomacy with Iran, marking a u-turn from Mr Harper’s interventionist approach to what he called “a threat that is very real for this country”.
Mr Trudeau accused Mr Harper of fearmongering throughout the campaign. “We know from years of mistakes, generations of mistakes, that western or foreign troops on the ground cannot fix the conflicts,” he said.
Mr Trudeau also spoke frequently during the campaign of how “crucial” it was to mend the strained relationship between Canada and the US, after icy relations between Mr Harper and Mr Obama over the Keystone pipeline.
He has said he will try to negotiate with Mr Obama on his concerns over Keystone and “begin once again having a productive and constructive relationship with our closest ally and neighbour”.
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