Monday, October 2, 2023

Is Justin Trudeau eyeing the exits?

While most Conservatives still seem to believe they’ll be picking a candidate to take on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the next election, the odds of that appear to be diminishing by the day.

Since winning a minority government in the Oct. 21 election, all while losing the popular vote, Mr. Trudeau appears to have lost whatever fire he had in his belly. He has never been the most engaged prime minister, vastly preferring the ceremonial aspects of his job over the sausage-making ones. Since the election, however, he’s essentially ceded all the tedious work of dealing with pesky premiers and hashing out policy matters to Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Upon his return to Ottawa this week after a Costa Rican vacation, Mr. Trudeau did not have the air of someone champing at the bit to get back to work. He remained holed up in his office, emerging only when tragic circumstances forced him to. The airplane crash in Iran that killed at least 63 Canadians, and the investigation into its causes, required more than a written statement.

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