So, did I just shut up? Of course not, as my readers know only too well. I focused mostly on the promises the Liberals made. Why? Two reasons: first, yes, politicians can break promises but tend not to do so; and second, the Liberals put out a large number of policy papers to demonstrate that they were serious and that Justin was "ready." So, consult those papers and promises and one can figure out maybe what the Liberals will do.
I could guess more easily at some stuff and not others:
- Yes, Canada's CF-18s are going to leave the ISIS mission, but the training effort will get bigger.
- Yes, Canada will keep its commitment to refugees.
- Trudeau will give the various folks a chance to discuss the Trans Pacific Partnership, but will sign off. Why? Well, the Liberal Party should buy into free trade as one of the defining aspects of Liberalism. Also, it is unrealistic to expect that Canada could get anything better out of the deal by re-negotiating .... unless it was willing to sacrifice supply management (which I would love but ain't happening).
- Will Canada get friendly with Russia? Maybe a smidge more. This government will try to be more diplomatic than Harper (not that hard to do), but any re-set with Russia is going to founder on Ukraine and the various threats to the Baltics. It is hard to have a good relationship on the Arctic or on ISIS while having a bad relationship on irredentism/aggression.
- Will Canada join Russia in siding with Assad against ISIS? Hell no. This party has too much invested in Responsibility to Protect and in other principals, not to mention the folks here get that Assad is a cause of ISIS success.
UPDATE: Also, check out the mandate letters that Trudeau issued to his ministers--no better source of future intentions that the marching orders given to the ministers. H/T to Julian Dierkes for reminding me.