As Canadians prepare to vote in the 43rd federal election on October 21, this workshop seeks to contribute to the 10th anniversary theme of the WSSR — Deliberating a Public Agenda for Election 2019 — by assessing the foreign and defence policy record of the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau.
Just as the Conservatives did in 2006, the Liberals came to power in November 2015 having promised to introduce significant change in Canada’s global policies. We will begin with an examination of the tendency of political parties in Canada to promise significant foreign policy change, comparing the Conservatives under Stephen Harper and the Trudeau Liberals. The second session assesses how success the Trudeau government has been in managing foreign and defence policy. After lunch, the seminar will concentrate on how the Trudeau government has managed the trade relationship with the United States. The final session looks at the challenges for Canada posed by the changes in the international order that we have seen since the administration of Donald J. Trump took office in January 2017, and the implications the new world order will have for the Canadian general election in 2019.