COMMENTARY: Canadians want Justin Trudeau to get tougher on China. Will he?

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Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

An old maxim in Canadian politics is that foreign policy never matters to voters or politicians. This harsh truth was underlined last fall when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau boycotted a leaders’ debate on foreign policy at the University of Toronto’s Munk School and the other party leaders fell in line with him with barely a critical word. Politicians beware. That may be different when Canadians mark their ballots in the next federal election. Until Wednesday, the prime minister would not publicly consider the question of whether China was dishonest about what it had told its people and the world about COVID-19.