Justin Trudeau is betting Canadians are craving an activist agenda. He may be misreading the public mood

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau believes enough Canadians are craving for an activist post-pandemic agenda to earn the Liberals another mandate. But what if he is misreading the public mood? Come Sept. 23, the Liberals will gamble the life of their minority government on a throne speech that, if the advance billing is to be believed, will include a so-called green economic recovery plan and an ambitious overhaul of the country’s social safety net. In the lead-up to the reopening of Parliament, the prime minister is all but openly daring his opposition rivals to force his party to run its plan by voters in a fall campaign. Trudeau maintains he does not want an election any time soon but increasingly sounds more eager to hit the hustings than his opposition rivals.

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