Earlier I praised the New York Times; now I bury it.
It should not be a shocker that U.S. coverage of Canadian affairs is pretty bad, but this one takes the cake. New York Times headline from today, page 12: “Most Noticeable Change Under Trudeau Could Be Abrupt Shift in Tone.” Most of the tone-shifting the article discussed had to do with the tone inside Canada (or between Canada and countries not called the United States) so the piece was not a bit of American navel-gazing.
OK, fine. But what does the article say in paragraph 2?
“Mr. Trudeau has promised some major policy changes, among them legalizing marijuana, dropping out of the American-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State and deficit financing to pump up the economy and rebuild infrastructure.”
Given that Mr. Trudeau has an outright majority in the lower house, these things are likely to happen. (Canada’s senate, thank the Lord, is not like the American one.)
So let me say that, no, the tone is not going to be the most noticeable change under Trudeau. For crying out loud.
This was Politico-level bad.