Justin Trudeau, the son of a former Canadian Prime Minister, gained widespread media attention and popularity when he delivered a touching and artistic eulogy of his father- during his father’s funeral. Claude Ryan described the speech as a manifestation of a political dynasty.
Trudeau has worked as a teacher and an activist. His win brought new hope to his party which had struggled in elections. And on a light note, his shaggy hair did not prevent him from winning the elections. At quite an early age, Trudeau was a staunch supporter of the liberal. For example, in the 1988 federal election, he campaigned for John Turner.
Trudeau stated that he would accommodate budget deficits in order to invest in major infrastructural initiatives, which would in turn play a key role in boosting the economy. Other major parties were in favor of balanced budget. His argument was that an effective response to the recession would be a stimulus. Consequently, the gains will outweigh the negative impact of deficits.
Taxation on the Wealthy
Trudeau proposed that he would raise taxes on the wealthy. This would help the state compensate for a tax cut that the middle class will benefit from. Trudeau has long been against the conservatives’ taxation policy and he desired to overturn at least some of its major tenants. He has vowed to execute this policy.
Stand on Refugees
Perhaps, the most humanitarian policy that Trudeau has promised to develop is a welcoming attitude towards the refugees. Canada is a multicultural and pluralistic country. He promised to process of admitting Syrian refugees to Canada and make a $ 100 million on investment in the resettlement. He has continuously shown his discontent about banning the nigab (a veil that is worn by women in order to cover a part of their face).
The Voting System
In Canadian politics, the first-past-the-post method of voting does not favor the liberal politicians. Trudeau has stated that he would select an all-party committee which should come up with a more acceptable voting system. On the table of the system is online voting as well as ranked ballots.
At the center of Canadian elections was the issue of climate change. The conservatives were generally cold about international agreements concerning climate change, perhaps due to the economic cost that comes with that.
Trudeau has pledged to support the climate change of efforts, thus taking a distant stand from the conservatives.
The following are other political positions held by Trudeau:
- Legalizing marijuana (he says law enforcement on marijuana is expensive. Trudeau has admitted to using marijuana in at least two instances
- Putting the air bombardment against IS to an end: He proposes more ground troops and an increase in humanitarian aid.
- Boosting the relationship between the US and Canada. This was strained under Harper.
The liberal party will not have a difficult time in passing its legislation. This is because it holds the majority in parliament. However, changing what the conservatives have laid down in ten years is not an easy task.