Trans Pacific Partnership will be Trudeau’s biggest test
Justin Trudeau genuinely seems to want to run a government by Cabinet. But the real measure of how bold Trudeau will be is how he deals with the economy.
Canada’s new International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland has said ‘free trade’ is critical to the prosperity of the middle class. A cursory reading of the history of Liberal governments and their relationship to big business has to make us highly skeptical about the possibility that Trudeau will actually reject the TPP. But given that, Trudeau’s and Freeland’s repeated promises to consult widely and have a full debate in the House is curious. If Trudeau intends to sign off on the TPP, he is pursuing an odd strategy: encouraging civil society groups to criticize the TPP and raising expectations about his response. He has thrown down the gauntlet.The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright