Can Liberals deliver on peacekeeping and climate change?

Follow along with speedy punditry on Ban Ki-moon’s comments in Ottawa—and Trudeau’s big challenge on climate goals


Ottawa Bureau Chief John Geddes and Maclean’s contributor Evan Solomon try to answer this week’s burning political questions in what they insist is rapid-fire fashion. We still have doubts that these two understand the phrase “rapid-fire,” but take a look.

1.”Canada is back.” That’s become the unofficial slogan of the 100-day-old Trudeau government, and it got a surprising endorsement from Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General. Ban repeated the phrase at the start of his visit to Ottawa to discuss climate change, peacekeeping and Syrian refugees with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Was the thinly veiled criticism of the Stephen Harper years from the UN secretary-general inappropriate, given the maternal and child health program that Harper championed under the auspices of the UN?

2. Peacekeeping. If being “back” means a “renewed” relationship with the UN on peacekeeping, the Liberal government has to back that up with specific actions. Given Canada’s new and expensive commitment in Iraq, is there money in the budget to fund a substantial Canadian peacekeeping force? Some experts view the Pearsonian peacekeeping model as an act of nostalgia for a world gone by, but others see it as a new form of global realism that will reassert the relevance of the UN.

3. Climate change. The Liberals came to power having made ambitious promises on curbing carbon emissions, and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna returned from Paris climate talks late last year with a pledge to help slow global warming. But political leaders at the federal and provincial levels are now dialling back expectations on a national plan to fight climate change. How soon can they reach consensus on such a crucial file?


Can Liberals deliver on peacekeeping and climate change?

  1. CO2=Y2K
    Are the climate gods you eager “believers” exaggerate also only 99% certain the planet isn’t flat?

    GREEN is too YELLOW to admit they got caught RED handed exaggerating and abusing vague climate science ………… and and the last 35 years of years of debate, global denial and climate action failure proves it.

    Is this how you climate drama queens want your kids and history remembering you?

    • So in which alternate reality where are you living? Let us know when ‘Toto’ disappears, Dorothy.

    • This is child’s play……you want peace ? Strap Gord Downey to a low flying CF-18, give him a microphone, and have him “sing” four notes a cappella, they’ll all throw down their weapon’s and beg for mercy or a prison camp. “Climate change back” to the way it was has the same chance of happening as I have being taken seriously…….I mean really

  2. How does anybody get ‘peacekeeping’ out of training soldiers in and for an active war zone?

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