Much of the energy at the federal level these days is being directed not so much at constructing the future as it is at deconstructing the past – that is, in dismantling the legacy of Stephen Harper.
The problem with majority governments is that political parties that are fortunate enough to have a majority tend to assume they have a mandate to do pretty much whatever they wish. When a majority of seats is combined with high popularity in the opinion polls – as is the case with Justin Trudeau’s Liberals – self-confidence can easily become high-handedness and arrogance.
Can Justin Trudeau prevent Patrick Brown from becoming the next premier of Ontario?
This may seem like an odd question, but bear with me for a moment.
Let’s turn the clock back three years, to April 2013 when Trudeau was elected national leader of Liberal party. One of his earliest and most enthusiastic supporters was the new Liberal leader in Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, who had been sworn in as premier just two months earlier.
If you want to see the difference between Justin Trudeau and his late father, look no further than the son’s performance in Waterloo on Friday.
Justin was touring the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (a “must” stop for any 21st century political leader who wants to be taken seriously), when a reporter asked him a foreign affairs question with a bit of a smart-ass preamble: “I was going to ask you to explain quantum computing, but …”
There has been a revival of interest in Bernie Sanders' campaign because of a recent string of successful state wins. However the obstacles he faces in trying to win the Democratic presidential nomination are substantial.