Trudeau Foreign Policy

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Throughout his first term as PM, Justin Trudeau was successful in boosting diversity, social justice, environmentalism, and Indigenous reconciliation, but he struggled in the House of Commons and mishandled some key events that put a strain on Canada’s national unity. Colin Robertson with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute says Trudeau’s foreign policy decisions left many shaking their heads, as Canada found itself caught in the middle of the dispute between the US and China. With Canada in the running for a seat on the UN Security Council in June, Robertson says losing would be “traumatic” for Trudeau’s government “and their sense of Canada’s place in the world.” Robertson joins Gormley to discuss his new report scrutinizing Trudeau’s foreign policy over his first term in office, and – more importantly – what Trudeau should be doing differently this time around.