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Trudeau : the education of a prime minister

Author: John Ivison
Publisher: Toronto : Signal, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"From one of Canada's most popular and connected political journalists, an unblinkered warts-and-all look at Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government's record in power. A must-read as we head into the 2019 federal election. Canadians are very divided about their chameleon prime minister. Is Justin Trudeau a transformative prime minister, or does he just play one on television? When he entered politics, he came  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ivison, John.
Trudeau.
Toronto : Signal, 2019
(OCoLC)1090803421
Named Person: Justin Trudeau; Justin Trudeau
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Ivison
ISBN: 9780771048951 0771048955
OCLC Number: 1090798612
Description: 359 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the vision of the anointed --
Passion over reason --
Testing the water with both feet --
Living in the limelight --
No small dreams --
Just not ready --
The road to Rideau Hall --
Because it's 2015 --
Elbowgate --
and other examples of doing things differently --
The age of Trump --
Teflon prophet in trouble --
A rough wooing in Beijing --
"Too Indian, even for an Indian" --
Taking on the tariff man --
"A great day for Canada" --
The culture of spending --
Dumpster fire.
Responsibility: John Ivison.

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"From one of Canada's most popular and connected political journalists, an unblinkered warts-and-all look at Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government's record in power. A must-read as we head into the 2019 federal election. Canadians are very divided about their chameleon prime minister. Is Justin Trudeau a transformative prime minister, or does he just play one on television? When he entered politics, he came across as a frivolous person with no fixed principles. Now, he presents himself as a conviction politician. Is he real or phony? What motivated his metamorphosis--belief or opportunism? More prosaically, he appears a man of good intentions but in 2019, he will be judged on results. And those results have been disappointing for many, even in his own party. The ballooning deficit, the Trans Mountain Pipeline, his disastrous trip to India, the carbon tax, and many other miscalculations have done him and his party no favours. And while the Liberals concluded a new trade deal with the United States and Mexico, there are still many Canadians dissatisfied with the terms. As political columnist for the National Post since 2003 and Ottawa bureau chief for Postmedia for the past three years, John Ivison has watched Trudeau evolve as a politician and leader at home and abroad. He first interviewed him in 2006 and has sat down on a number of occasions since. It has been a fascinating transition that has not been fully captured by any writer. This book will trace the palimpsest of the man, now barely visible beneath the talking points, virtue signalling, and polished trappings of office. Ivison concludes that he has always been manipulative--good at understanding the feelings of others and playing on them. It has made him a formidable politician but one who may yet be undone by raising the bar too high; by promising to transform a country that was designed to withstand change. One of the central contentions of this book is already apparent: that Trudeau's greatest strengths are also his greatest weakness; that the famous name, lifetime of privilege, and impulsiveness are as liable to hurl him from office, as they were to get him there in the first place. Has Trudeau got the nature of Canadian politics wrong? The shift from the aspirational left to the identity left is a costly move away from popular sentiment such that the vast majority of Canadians would be more comfortable with a governing party that merely promoted Canada as the best place in the world to live, to earn an income and to build wealth and businesses."--

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