ustin Trudeau promised us a brave new world of harmony between his government and First Nations, and a country that would emerge as a global leader on climate change, a green energy superpower.
Now that he’s been PM for five years, the bills on those promises are coming due and Trudeau appears to have no idea of how to pay them.
His rhetoric in opposition about moving Canada beyond fossil fuels and to, in effect, grant Indigenous Canadians a veto on pipelines as a measure of nation-to-nation respect, has crashed into the reality that without fossil fuels, the Canadian economy is taking an enormous hit, well underway in Western Canada.
For the first week of the expanding protests, Trudeau stayed out of the country, continuing his tour of Africa and Europe, seeking international support for Canada’s bid to secure a two-year seat on the UN Security Council, starting in 2021.
He finally returned home late Friday, waiting until Sunday to cancel a planned trip on Monday to Barbados to focus, he said, on ending the railway blockades.
Since then, Trudeau’s said nothing of substance publicly, including in the House of Commons Tuesday where he mouthed platitudes about Canadians having dialogue and conversations in pursuit of some magical Kumbaya moment in which historical wrongs to First Nations will be righted and gas (and oil) pipelines will be built.
As per usual, Trudeau treated his failures as a leader, as a teaching moment for us.
Eventually, of course, some sort of agreement will be reached to end the blockades — until the next time it happens.