Democracy requires a well-informed citizenry. The decline in higher-order thinking skills and increasing dependence upon internet-based media for information creates fertile ground for celebrity politics and the Trudeau brand.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured in July waving to his party's candidates in Ottawa during a pre-election training session, owes his ascent to the cult of celebrity that he's been able to cultivate thanks to his deep political roots. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Nearly four years ago, Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Canada’s 23rd prime minister. He was the second youngest PM, and the first to be elected largely on the basis of celebrity value.
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Canadians currently are primarily paying attention to the federal and provincial governments, and not the opposition parties, because of the economic and health implications of the outbreak, says Frank Graves.
'Our relationship with police has been one of violence, from the colonial nature of everything that has happened in Canada,' says Judith Sayers, president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council in Port Alberni, B.C.
'I get we're in a pandemic, and I'm very supportive of using the technology, but until I know that it respects the basic rights and has the highest standards, I can't see that it's going to work,' said MP Charlie Angus.