Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau presents himself as progressive on foreign affairs. According to Trudeau, he and his Liberals have brought Canada back after the disastrous Conservative government under Stephen Harper. In House of Mirrors, Yves Engler asks unpleasant questions and demonstrates that the opposite is true: Trudeau, he argues, largely continued Harper’s foreign policy.
House of Mirrors outlines how Trudeau’s government has expanded the military while ignoring international efforts to restrict nuclear weapons proliferation. The Liberals, Engler shows, have launched an unprecedented effort to overthrow Venezuela’s government while siding with an assortment of reactionary governments. Flouting their climate commitments, the Trudeau government also failed to follow through on its promise to rein in Canada’s controversial mining sector.
With heavily documented analysis, House of Mirrors gives insight into the Liberals’ rhetorical skills that whitewash their pro-corporate and conservative policies with progressive slogans.
About the Author
Yves Engler is a Montréal-based activist and author. He has written numerous books, including Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada and A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War.
Table of Contents
The Ugly Canadian II — Introduction
1. The Sun Never Sets on Canadian Military — Hard Power
2. The Canadian Munroe Doctrine — Down South
3. Loving monarchies, hating Palestinians — Middle East
4. Commies No More, But … Russian Bogeyman
5. The Asian Contradiction — China and North Korea
6. Buddies with Africa’s most ruthless dictator — Curious Case of Kagame
7. Climate Criminal — Spewing Carbon Dioxide
8. Same Old, Same Old — Business Above All Else
9. Ugly Canadian Abroad — Mining Exploitation
10. House of Mirrors — Judge What I Say, Not What I Do
11. It’s the system dummy — Conclusion