Trudeau’s third term ambitions will be influenced by Canada’s leadership public servants – including deputy ministers, ambassadors, watchdogs and policy makers.
The Bank of Canada is expected to hike rates four or five times in 2022. And sometime this spring, the Liberals will release a budget they have promised will include measures to boost growth and competitiveness. Independent watchdogs like the parliamentary budget officer monitor every step.
And with a growing list of troubled US-Canada files and an overdue Indo-Pacific strategy, Trudeau will be counting on key envoys — including his appointment as TBD ambassador to Beijing — to help reinvigorate ties. The Liberal government is overdue to share its long-promised China policy with all eyes on its course now that the two Michaels are free.