Justin Trudeau is in his favourite foreign country, the dictatorship of China. How’s that going, besides all the photo ops? It’s tough to know, because he has only taken one question from Canadian media.
(If that was Stephen Harper, the CBC would be screaming about censorship, how Harper was becoming like the Chinese. But it’s Trudeau. So there’s lots of fashion shoots...)
China is the most polluted country in the world. They use a lot of coal. But hang on — isn’t that supposed to be the stuff that Justin Trudeau is against? He's demanding that coal-fired power in Canada be shut down, and he's about to put a huge carbon tax on Alberta.
China actually owns 10 per cent of the Northern Gateway Pipeline, and we know what Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s principal secretary, thinks about that. It will be interesting to see who wins that tug of war — Butts, who is Trudeau’s best friend, babysitter, speechwriter and policy-whisperer. Or the men who really run things...
NEXT: Professor Charles Burton, Canada’s leading China hand, joins me with his analysis of Trudeau's trip.
THEN: Jordan Bateman, B.C. Federal Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, comes on to update us on the pivotal court case in that province between the teachers' union and the government.
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