Trudeau, Two Years In – October 25, 2017

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Time flies – last Thursday, October 19th , marked two years of Justin Trudeau’s tenure in Canada’s highest office. With this in mind, we’ve collected several pieces that consider how policy and politics have played out in the first half of the current Prime Minister’s mandate. Keep reading for more!

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Trudeau, Two Years In 
  • The federal government’s proposed changes to corporation taxes has dominated media coverage and sparked a lively debate amongst politicians and taxpayers alike. But we won’t judge you if you’re not exactly sure what these proposed changes are and what they may mean for Canadians. If you want to learn more about the newest reason Canadians love/hate Prime Minister Trudeau, Martin JS Ferrer has the explanation for the tax policy layperson [Ferrer/PPGR].
  • After the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, proponents of Canadian gun control are renewing the call for Trudeau to follow through on his campaign promise of reducing access to firearms. While Brett Weltman notes that Canada already has comparatively strong firearms legislation, recent international events may heighten urgency on this topic and lead to even heavier gun ownership restrictions [Weltman/PPGR].
  • Partisan politics aside, Paul Wells takes stock of the past two years of policy wins and losses for the Liberal government. The second half of Trudeau’s mandate will be a “race between the better angels of the Trudeau legacy and the worse,” but who knows how that race ends. [Wells/Macleans].
  • In many ways, Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau seem like total opposites. They represent vastly different leadership styles and have adopted different public relations strategies. But two years of the Trudeau administration have revealed more similarities between our current Prime Minister and the last one. Are the two really so different after all? asks this Globe editorial [Globe and Mail].
  • It’s not just policy challenges on the horizon for Trudeau – there will be some formidable political opponents, too. The very same qualities and characteristics that contributed to Trudeau’s election two years ago may come back to bite him in the next federal election, writes Jaime Watt. New NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s charisma and “emotive” style mirror what made Trudeau appealing to voters in 2015 [Watt/The Star].

We hope you have a great reading week spent catching up on the latest PPGR articles! The next edition of the Brief will be making its way to your inboxes on November 1st!

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