Liberal Defence Maneuvers

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Linda McQuaig yesterday penned a saucy left-nationalist critique of the Trudeau Liberals' decision to boost defence spending. She likened our PM to George W. Bush's "poodle" Tony Blair for allowing himself to be cowed by Donald Trump, and scolded Canadians who have taken it all in stride. It's true that conservatives believe a rich sovereign country like Canada should pay for its own defence. The main domestic pressure on Trudeau comes not from Tory hawks, however, but from progressives who want him to supplant Trump as the leader of the free world, or at least to continue to snub Washington on continental ABM schemes while quietly underwriting the European equivalent.