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Trudeau creeps backwards towards defeat 

By Susan Riley       

The Trudeau government has had some successes. The prime minister has a gender-balanced cabinet and trans rights have been recognized. There have been some excellent, non-partisan appointments to the Senate and elsewhere. The CPP has been bolstered and poor families with children are somewhat better off (although a tax credit is no substitute for subsidized child care). On other files—notably, the provinces and Donald Trump—Trudeau has done his best with a difficult hand. But there is a smell of retreat in the air.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on June 20, 2018, at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa after holding a press conference. Susan Riley says Mr. Trudeau has lost his sense of daring and, if he doesn’t get it back, he could also lose the next election. The Hill Times photograph by Andew Meade
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CHELSEA, QUE.—Justin Trudeau has lost his sense of daring and, if he doesn’t get it back, he could also lose the next election. In 2015, he led his third-place party to a comfortable majority on the strength of a positive tone and some specific, progressive promises. His platform—if not his subsequent performance—defied the deadening incrementalism that has been a hallmark of governing in Canada, no matter the party. He gave hope that government could change things for the

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