The guy who, on his 6th month anniversary in power, proudly proclaimed himself a global free trader, first and foremost, says he's had a change of heart.
From The Guardian
Ordinary people around the world have been failed by globalisation, Justin Trudeau has told the Guardian, as he sought to explain a turbulent year marked by the election of Donald Trump, the Brexit vote and the rise of anti-establishment, nation-first parties around the world.
“What we’re facing right now – in terms of the rise of populism and divisive and fearful narratives around the world – it’s based around the fact that globalisation doesn’t seem to be working for the middle class, for ordinary people,” the Canadian prime minister said in an interview at his oak-panelled office in the country’s parliament. “And this is something that we identified years ago and built an entire platform and agenda for governing on.”
Oh, wait a minute. This is one of those "we'll fight climate change by flogging ever more high-carbon fossil fuel" sort of things.
This begs the question - just what does "globalisation" mean to our prime minister? He seems to grasp that, for "ordinary people" it translates into loss of good jobs, wage stagnation, inequality - the fallout of globalized free trade that has seen the "good jobs" outsourced offshore. Then he holds out pipelines and free trade agreements to demonstrate that he gets it? Really?
The double-barrelled approach, said Trudeau, echoes his government’s broader effort to address the tensions currently wreaking havoc on the political status quo around the world. “People get that we need jobs, we need a protected environment,” he said. “On the other hand, if people have no jobs, if they have no opportunity, they’re not going to worry about protection of the air and water if they can’t feed their kids.”
Yes, Justin, we can see what you're "trying to do" and that's the problem.
More school marm bafflegab changes nothing.