Article by Bob Hepburn, The Toronto Star
Justin Trudeau has enjoyed one of the longest political honeymoons in recent Canadian history.
Initially, the love affair between the Liberal prime minister and voters was expected to last just 100 days, but with Trudeau preparing to mark on Oct. 19 the first anniversary of the Liberals’ 2015 election victory, it’s clear the honeymoon is still going strong.
And as hard as it is for his detractors to concede, besides keeping his personal popularity in the stratosphere, Trudeau has performed surprisingly well since taking power when it comes to the difficult job of actually governing and implementing his campaign promises.
That’s why Trudeau rates an overall grade of A- after Year 1.
The only reason Trudeau doesn’t warrant a straight A is that he hasn’t acted as quickly on some key election promises, such as legalizing marijuana, as he might have over the first 12 months.
Among the pledges the Liberals have not yet delivered on are to legalize marijuana, which Trudeau says will have to wait until the spring of 2017, to maintain defence spending at levels set by the Harper government, to update the federal Access to Information Act and to reduce small business taxes to nine per cent.