“The True North Strong and Free” (O Canada National Anthem)
SO, if you’re reading this blog, you’re most likely into politics. if you’re into politics, you’re most likely following both the Democratic and Republican primaries. If you’re following the Republican primary, you’re most likely looking for an escape plan in the event that one of them becomes president. Well, have no fear, because just like a nice stewardess or the video that plays in theaters before your movie starts, I’m here to show you the closest exit: Canada.
It’s relatively close, the drinking age is 18, and you’re already used to the cold. But perhaps most importantly, they’ve just elected a super liberal prime minster, and they’re doing super great super liberal things up there. Or are they? Here’s a rundown.
Liberal (and Literal) Hearthrob Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Young and **hunky** Justin Trudeau was elected prime minister in November 2015, and in a very “first 100 days” like fashion, he began with a liberal reboot of the country. He called for tax cuts, pension improvements, and the legalization of marijuana. He also personally welcomed 163 Syrian refugees in December and proclaimed that Canada would accept thousands more. So, nothing like America right? Well…
…You might find some things in Canada to be recognizable. Canada is not faring so well economically. As the American economy is surging, the value of the Canadian dollar is declining. This isn’t great for the average Canadian household – prices of certain commodities (like fresh vegetables) has tripled, and it’s natural resource sector is “ailing.”
Something else that is, unfortunately, recognizable? School shootings. 4 were killed just two weeks ago, making it the first school shooting since 2007. The deadliest school shooting to date occurred in 1989, when 14 women were killed in an engineering school in Montreal. This led to the establishment of a national registry for rifles and other guns – something that was dismantled by the Conservative government that was voted out in October.
And on the Canadian foreign policy front, Trudeau has withdrawn six of its fighter jets from the American-led military coalition against ISIS, leaving an aerial refueling tanker and two long-range surveillance aircrafts. Trudeau, in fulfilling what was a campaign promise, said airstrikes would not achieve “long term stability.” While this would appear to be a blow to American efforts to combat ISIS, for some reason various actors in the Obama administration have stood by the actions, including Obama himself. “The President welcomed Canada’s current and new contributions,” the White House said in a press release.
To close out this nice wrap-up, I leave you with this: Trudeau talking about feminism at the World Economic Forum. Did I mention he’s hunky?
Maya Kliger is a second-year in the College. She is from Chappaqua, New York.