That's "new" mercantile prime minister as opposed to the "old" mercantile prime minister Canada just chucked, Stephen Harper.
Now that everyone is analyzing Justin Trudeau's first six months in office, not surprisingly so is Justin and, in his opinion, he's doing just fine.
According to the very Liberal, Toronto Star, Justin is especially proud of all the time he's spent out of Canada, making his mark on the world scene.
“One of the things some of you may have picked up on is I’ve been fairly engaged internationally over the past six months to try and ensure that Canada is seen as a strong and active and valuable trading partner on the world stage,” Trudeau told reporters.
Back before he became prime minister, Trudeau’s favourite word was “program.” Now, though, it is “growth.”
Yessiree Bob, Canada's a good little, oh so reliable trading partner. That's what we're all about. You got the green, we've got the goods and we're not too fussy about what we sell to whom, provided you've got plenty of green. We'll even sell you state-of-the-art Death Wagons, hundreds of 'em, and the best part is - no questions asked. We don't ask any questions and, sure as hell, we don't answer any questions either. Your dirty secrets are safe. Our lips are sealed.
Now we could have found other roles to elevate Canada on the world stage. Lester Pearson did just that. Got himself a Nobel prize for it too. This young fellow's dad - what was his name, oh yeah, Pierre - he found a pretty neat role for Canada on the world stage too, one that earned Canada no end of goodwill and respect.
Those guys? Chumps, both of them. They should have ditched all that fancy stuff and gone mercantile, just like Steve and Justin. No, they dropped the ball with all that "honest broker" bullshit. They should've been tradin' and growin' and chasing the dream of energy superpowerdom, Harper and Trudeau's shared dream.
Fortunately Steve left a clear path for Justin to follow. With guidance like that, our new mercantile prime minister can't go wrong.