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Justin Trudeau's sweeping victory in Canada could be read as one more indication that voters in the Western world are moving left – and toward populism.First, Trudeau benefited from the 10-year itch. When politicians have been in power for around a decade, voters usually want a change, no matter how popular the leader – think of Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair. Canada's conservatives had held office for nine years, and their leader, Stephen Harper, was no Tony Blair – being widely perceived as intelligent but reserved and uncharismatic.Were Canada truly lurching leftward, the beneficiary should have been its New Democratic Party, which has traditionally been the party of populism, drawing its roots from the labor and agrarian movements.Left-wing populism is mostly about economics. Right-wing populism is mostly about culture. The Democratic Party, when it has been successful, has never been about populism.
Fighting populism with emotion not analysis
Fighting populism with emotion, not analysis
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