Wistful and nostalgic TRANS-Atlanticist, if you remember the time when President Obama directed the fortunes of the USA and in 2015, more to the North in Canada, a no less charismatic Justin Trudeau took the helm. Two radiant bringer of salvation on the stage of international politics and, in line with Europe.
Only a year later, the drastic break in the Form of Donald Trump and a deep tear into the TRANS-Atlantic Band. Now, uncertainty, and hostility to determine the relationship between Europe and the USA. The more important is the partnership with Canada is Trudeau under Justin.
squeaky-clean Image is gone
But even here, a turn is indicated. In the autumn, is elected in Canada, and what seemed before a year is almost impossible, is coming slowly: the early end to the Era of Trudeau. Ironically, the former Golden boy who wrote the office, transparency, honesty and progress on the flags, is now up to its neck in a corruption scandal. Trudeau and some of his closest associates to have exerted pressure on the former Minister of justice and attorney Jody Wilson-Raybould, in order to regulate proceedings against an engineering group out of court.
Trudeau apparently wanted to prevent a criminal case to a damage of the image of the company and job losses in his constituency. Instead, Wilson-Raybould left in February to Protest the Cabinet, a little later, a second Minister followed her. Trudeaus squeaky-clean Image is gone, his political charisma as well.
according to surveys, more and more Canadians to doubt the moral integrity of the Prime Minister. His liberal party is, for the first time behind the big competitors, the Conservatives. This should allow the European heads of state cold. Because Trudeau was so far not only as a reliable Partner, he established himself as a liberal counterweight to the protectionist and anti-European US President Trump.
for Decades, Canada in the transatlantic Alliance in the shadow of their American neighbours, but the "America First"policy of the US let Europe and Canada closer together. The free trade agreement CETA and the strategic partnership agreement SPA between Brussels and Ottawa have deepened the relationship continue and be strengthened. Just like Trudeaus full commitment to the European idea.
change of direction in climate policy?
Merkel and Macron know him well, you seem like a well-oiled Team. In times, in which the intra-European cohesion in danger, Trudeau signaled to the partners in the continent's security and stability. Whether it be a possible successor and leader of the Conservative Andrew Scheer, the power is more than uncertain.
Scheer is still in many of the issues covered, but as a clear EU-critical than Trudeau. He supports the Brexit as rescue British sovereignty from Brussels ' bureaucracy. Nevertheless, he describes himself as a staunch TRANS-Atlanticist and free-trade advocates. Scheer is as immigration advocates. At the same time, he criticized the UN migration Pact, and the immigration policy of the government calls a threat to the canadian borders.
Particularly in the field of climate policy, it could come under Scheer to a change of direction. Scheer does not deny climate change, but does not want to hold absolutely to the commitments of the Paris agreement. In particular, Trudeaus planned CO2-tax has become the main target of attack by Scheer. He's solid, the linearized even with the canadian yellow West-movement against the project, although this struck again and again by racist Comments. Trudeau Scheer referred to as a populist "Trump-Light". An Exaggeration, but the Europeans should be warned.More about
Canada chief Secretary to Trudeau defended in the corruption affair
you can use The last thing Europe in times of Trump and Brexit, is another shaky candidate in the partner circle. A change of power in Ottawa, but it could mean exactly that. The diplomatic coordinates would have to be re-plumbed. Unusual to protect the help it could get Trudeau, of all things, of Trump. According to almost every insult and criticism of the Tweeter-in-Chief of Trudeau shot his poll numbers in the height. Who would have thought that trump could be erratic rantings of the TRANS-Atlantic Alliance even relevant?