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Liberals sweep into office with Trudeau: compassionate Canada is back

Wednesday, October 21st 2015 - 07:21 UTC
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Justin Trudeau's Liberals swept to power in Monday election, ending nearly a decade of Conservative rule under Stephen Harper. Justin Trudeau's Liberals swept to power in Monday election, ending nearly a decade of Conservative rule under Stephen Harper.
Mr. Trudeau, an ex-high-school teacher, is the eldest son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Mr. Trudeau, an ex-high-school teacher, is the eldest son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
In his first phone conversation with the White House, Trudeau informed Obama that he would make good on his election promise to withdraw the fighter jets. In his first phone conversation with the White House, Trudeau informed Obama that he would make good on his election promise to withdraw the fighter jets.

Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau has confirmed he will withdraw Canadian fighter jets from the air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. He informed US President Barack Obama of his decision hours after leading his Liberal party to victory in the polls.

 As part of his election campaign, Mr. Trudeau pledged to bring home the CF-18 fighter jets that were deployed to the region until March 2016. He has not yet given a timescale.

Justin Trudeau's Liberals swept to power in Monday election, ending nearly a decade of Conservative rule under Stephen Harper. Mr. Trudeau, an ex-high-school teacher, is the eldest son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

In his first telephone conversation with the US president as Canada's prime minister-designate, Mr. Trudeau informed Barack Obama that he would make good on his election promise to withdraw the fighter jets.

”I committed that we would continue to engage in a responsible way that understands how important Canada has a role to play in the fight against ISIL (Islamic State), but he (Barack Obama) understands the commitments I've made around ending the combat mission,“ he told reporters in Ottawa on Tuesday. However, he said he would keep Canadian military trainers in northern Iraq.

Mr. Trudeau has also vowed to take in 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year - a move previously rejected by his predecessor Stephen Harper, who took a much harder line on the issue. He also quipped that President Obama had ”teased me about my lack of grey hair, but said I'd probably get some quite soon“.

During the 11-week election campaign, the Liberal Party said it would: Cut income taxes for middle-class Canadians while increasing them for the wealthy; Run deficits for three years to pay for infrastructure spending; Do more to address environmental concerns over the controversial Keystone oil pipeline; Take in more Syrian refugees, and pull out of bombing raids against Islamic State while bolstering training for Iraqi forces; Legalize marijuana.

”Canada's days of being a less-than-enthusiastic actor on the climate-change file are behind us,“ he said on Tuesday, in reference to Stephen Harper's decision to pull Canada out of the Kyoto climate change protocol in 2011 - the first country to do so.

The White House said in a statement on Tuesday that President Obama looked forward to working on climate policy with Mr. Trudeau, who has pledged to set targets to reduce carbon emissions.

Ties are also likely to improve over plans for the Keystone XL pipeline, which would send Canadian oil south across the border. President Obama was reluctant to approve the proposal, which angered Stephen Harper who said it would create jobs for Canadians.

Mr. Trudeau, who supports the plans, has said he is willing to work with the US to address some of the environmental concerns.

Speaking earlier to supporters, Mr Trudeau addressed concerns that under Conservative rule ”Canada has lost its compassionate and constructive voice in the world over the past 10 years“.

But, he continued, ”on behalf of 35 million Canadians, we're back”. His Liberal Party began the election campaign in third place but now has a majority.

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  • DennisA

    He will now sell out his country to the UN, by jumping back on the “global warming” bandwagon.

    Oct 21st, 2015 - 08:33 am 0
  • Briton

    If he withdraws from the F-35 programme,

    will this mean the price will go up, and we may well end up buying less,

    just a lightening thought.

    Oct 21st, 2015 - 10:16 am 0
  • Terence Hill

    1 DennisA
    If he does he will be continuing a liberal tradition that started under the aegis of Lester “Mike” Pearson. If the genesis of “global warming is based on the legal premiss of ”do no harm”. Resulting in policies of as much as possible of only sustainable exploitation of the planet, what's the problem?

    Oct 21st, 2015 - 10:52 am 0
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