INTERNATIONAL: World turns away from a declining US and toward China

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INTERNATIONAL: World turns away from a declining US and toward China
*Photo credits New York Post
*Photo credits New York Post
*Photo credits New York Post

NEW YORK POST – Justin Trudeau was born on Christmas Day 1971 and last week was sworn in as Canada’s new prime minister. And for much of the international left he is something of a political messiah — signing up to nearly every fashionable progressive cause.

He wants higher taxes, more environmental regulations and the legalization of cannabis. Not only does he support the legalization of cannabis but has smoked it himself. And not just at university but while a legislator. And he inhaled.

The Internet is full of fun facts about Trudeau. He stripteased for a charity function. He is a lefty with a left hook — having boxed a conservative senator on TV and won. His dad was also Canadian PM. His mom dated Jack Nicholson and Ted Kennedy.

But for me, the most interesting thing about Trudeau is how he answered a question a couple of years ago. Asked to name the nation he most admired, his answer was “China.” And his explanation? “Their basic dictatorship,” he explained, “is actually allowing them to turn their economy around on a dime.”

After having stormed from third place in the opinion polls to win a majority, Trudeau’s faith in democracy may have been restored but the fact that one of the western world’s most senior politicians can express such respect for dictatorship is startling — and he’s far from alone.

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