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TORONTO—After 20 months as prime minister, Justin Trudeau isn't quite as sunny as he used to be. He remains unfailingly polite. At an Ottawa press conference on June 27 to mark the end of Parliament's spring sitting, he thanked reporters—as he often does—for what he called their contribution to democracy. At the end, he kissed the press gallery president on both cheeks. But from time to time during the 45-minute press conference, particularly when explaining his failures, he

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A few storm clouds invade Justin Trudeau’s sunny skies

By Thomas Walkom      

Today, Canadian special forces are fighting in Iraq, where they shoot and kill enemy soldiers. But the government refuses to call this combat. Meanwhile, a decision on where to send Canadian peacekeepers has been postponed indefinitely. On June 27, Trudeau stuck by the fiction that Canadian troops involved in combat are not involved in combat. He also said that Canada would commit troops only to a UN peacekeeping mission that has 'a chance of success.'

Justin Trudeau isn't quite as sunny as he used to be. He remains unfailingly polite. At his June 27 press conference at the National Press Theatre to mark the end of Parliament's spring sitting, he thanked reporters—as he often does—for what he called their contribution to democracy. At the end, he kissed the press gallery president, Toronto Star reporter Tonda MacCharles, on both cheeks. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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