Justin Trudeau’s three biggest issues in 2016

For the PM, 2016 will be all about the economy, Indigenous people and climate change


It’s the time of year when the Santa Rule takes effect, and people make lists. Evan Solomon drew up his own list: the Big Three Challenges of 2016 for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau ends the year enjoying a long, political honeymoon, showing up at town halls, movies and airports, delivering cheer, empathy and promises of change.

But after the New Year’s hangover wears off, the grind of governance begins. The Prime Minister has an ambitious agenda that includes everything from a new health care accord, a move to re-equip the military, ambitious electoral reform, and legalization of pot. And those challenges don’t even crack the top three issues that Solomon says will give Trudeau headaches in the year ahead.


Justin Trudeau’s three biggest issues in 2016

  1. Yes Evan, three good very general points but, couldn’t you have been more specific. Your advice detailed about 20 points that require parsing … shouldn’t the concerns of Canadians be the same?

    Please come back in the new year after giving it some serious reflection.

  2. Look Evan if you think you can be funnier than Cathy Gulli when it comes to JT stand back and take a breath. I’ve offered to read aloud her Justin T articles to the terminally depressed in the faint hope they would giggle themselves back to mental health. Seriously you really need to up your game, Cathy’s covering the real issues like “nannygate” and the ” Justin & Sophie photos” and you make some veiled references to issues no one understands much less cares about. Get with the program Evan….dig a little deeper JT isn’t going to solve anything so how about we cut the crap and talk about his hair or his mom…

  3. Well the economy is always an issue … it’s just a question as to how much the government chooses to ignore it, although the opposite is also a problem as it invites the opportunity to screw it up. Hopefully dealing with the economy means making up for lost time and lost opportunity and faded strength in the knowledge economy, renewable energy, bio-technology, electronics, etc. – as we can see the hewers of wood, muckers of oil and drillers of gas isn’t working out so well. The issue of relations with indigenous people has some slight insight although we’ve seem many governments ably handle it with legendary procrastination. This might factor in to the economy as the population, particularly the work force, is aging and indigenous Canadians are the highest growth and youngest cohort of the population, with a growth rate between 4 and 5 times the rest of the population and actually much more taking into account that about half of the growth in the rest of the population comes from immigration; what remains is to ensure that indigenous people have full access to education and economic opportunity. On the climate change front, Canada has done quite well using avoidance and procrastination – why change now? The bad news is that we have accumulated quite a backlog in this file; the good news is other countries have come to expect Canadian lassitude.

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