Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Pollcast on the year in politics: Leadership races, Trudeau and Trump

It was a year for change. A new government getting settled in Ottawa, a new president on the way in the United States, and two opposition parties searching for the next leaders to take on Justin Trudeau.

But if there was one lesson to take from 2016, it is that politics can be unpredictable.

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What were the successes of Trudeau's first full year in office? What were some of his failures? What has the Liberal government's new approach and the election of Donald Trump taught the media about what matters most to people outside of the political bubble in Ottawa or Washington, D.C.?

And what to make of the candidate-less NDP leadership race and the cavalcade of contestants in the running for the Conservative top job?

Joining me on the last Pollcast episode of 2016 are Susan Delacourt, columnist for the Toronto Star and iPolitics, and Althia Raj, the Ottawa Bureau Chief of The Huffington Post Canada.

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  1. Trudeau needs to be controlled better. His current image will deteriorate if he and the party don't live up to promises.

    Trump is a whole different and disastrous story !!

    1. From all reports Trudeau is his father's son and has an authoritarian streak. He removed senators from the Liberal caucus unilaterally, he removed Hunter Tootoo swiftly and surgically and he removed those two M.P.s who allegedly assaulted a NDP staffer without trial, recourse or appeal and he has just tried to impose a healthcare funding agreement on the Provinces. So far Trudeau's political instinct have been a net positive but, he doesn't appear to be a man who takes orders easily or to discuss his decisions once his mind is made up.

    2. Capilano,

      I guess Mike Duffy would agree with that?

      This is a longstanding problem -- the presidentialization of our cabinet form of parliamentary government. PMs think it's their government but in reality it isn't nor should it be perceived as such by those holding the highest elected office in the land.

      Remember that P-E-T actually lost battles in cabinet. We've had none of that in recent decades...

    3. Mike Duffy has nothing to do with what I wrote.

      Le Grand Trudeau made the system more presidential but, it was the Liberal M.P.s who allowed it to happen. Subsequent PMs followed the trend and their caucuses were equally yellow-bellied unable to stand up to their party's leadership. It is not about free votes it's about M.P.s getting some intestinal fortitude and opposing Government directives in caucus and ministers doing the same in cabinet. If 15 Government M.P.s break ranks the Government falls. Backbench M.P.s aren't helpless they're afraid, they don't want to lose their pension and perks. It is more about the quality of M.P.s, particularly Liberal M.P.s, than it is about the system.

    4. Capilano,

      Interesting perspective. Thanks!


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