A kinder and gentler Trudeau government? Is this an expectation of Canadians? It certainly was something that Canada voted for on October 21st, no more of a government that had blinders on, plowed ahead with its values-based agenda all others be damned. The results of the election indicated that the government was expected to work with all parties and all provinces.
What could the government possibly do for an encore to 2015? Based on the new cabinet that was announced on November 20th Trudeau has decided that he has three themes in his new cabinet. More importantly the government seems more focused on working with the provinces and municipalities, rather than the opposition parties in achieving success in the three themes
The first theme is national unity and ensuring that Alberta and Saskatchewan are heard. Trudeau has tied several ministries together. With Intergovernmental Affairs, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Infrastructure and Communities Trudeau has a group of Ministers that will be tasked with making sure each region of the country is heard and listened to. In a second pool Trudeau has the Ministers of Environment and Climate Change, Oceans and Fisheries, Infrastructure & Communities has closely bound the economy and the environment. In the third group of Ministries which include Finance, Diversity Inclusion and Youth, Economic Development, Rural Economic Development and a new ministry of Middle-Class Prosperity (seriously that is what is called) will all be forced to work together to “support the middle class and all those seeking to join it”.
For anything else, it will be just be a case of make sure nothing blows up, so we won’t have to divert from out three-pronged plan to govern for the next 3 to 4 years. In simple terms this government will be focused on the Middle-Class, Climate Change and National Unity.
How can we expect the government to stay in power working with the other parties? I suspect that the Liberals will count on different parties keep them as the government. On the environment the NDP and Bloc will play nice with the Liberals. Ccount on the Conservatives supporting actions to prop up the middle class as both the Liberals and Conservatives campaigned on massive tax cuts to middle-class for their votes. The tricky file will be national unity but expect the Bloc Quebecois (of all parties) to vote with the government to support efforts that bring the regions together. I say this because if there is one region that is all about the “what’s in it for me” it is Quebec. The Bloc will certainly be waving the Bleu et Blanc each day in the House of Commons.
The government has its work set out for themselves and they think they have a plan that will help them get back to a majority. Will the opposition oblige?
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