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Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau shares a moment with his wife Sophie Gregoire as he gives his victory speech after Canada's federal election in Montreal, Quebec, October 19, 2015. (CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS)
Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau shares a moment with his wife Sophie Gregoire as he gives his victory speech after Canada's federal election in Montreal, Quebec, October 19, 2015. (CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS)

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POLITICS BRIEFING

By Chris Hannay (@channay)

On Nov. 4, Justin Trudeau exited Rideau Hall for his first address as Prime Minister. “Government by cabinet is back. We’re going to sit down around the cabinet table and talk about the solutions that need to be put forward, what is in the best interest of Canadians, and how we are going to deliver on the promises that Canadians quite rightly expect us to keep,” he said in front of a massive crowd gathered on the grounds.

Now, on his 100th day in office, Mr. Trudeau is welcoming United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Ottawa for a morning bilateral meeting, before the pair go to an assembly for high school students in the afternoon. The Prime Minister and his wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, will play host to a formal dinner with Mr. Ban and Ban Soon-taek at the Canadian Museum of History.

In between, the Prime Minister is also meeting with Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod – which is fitting, given how his father spent his 100th day in office. On July 28, 1968, Pierre Trudeau was finishing up a “9,000-mile” Arctic tour on Baffin Island’s Clearwater Fjord, then part of the Northwest Territories and now part of Nunavut.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS MORNING

> Mr. Ban and Mr. Trudeau are expected to talk about Canada’s climate strategy, and to re-establish closer ties between the county and the United Nations. “I think that from the United Nations’ perspective, that there will be a real welcoming of Canada back to the international stage and I would expect that the Secretary-General will bring this to the Prime Minister,” said Kate White, president of the United Nations Association in Canada.

> Meanwhile, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says not to expect any new targets when the Prime Minister meets with premiers to discuss climate plans next month.

> The Liberals’ first budget is expected next month, and Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, says he’s hoping to see Finance Minister Bill Morneau sport a pair of moccasins. (for subscribers)

> How Gerald Butts, Mr. Trudeau’s principal secretary, is using social media to speak in a way senior aides rarely have.

> For every dollar the former Conservative government spent on a job-training program it spent 53 cents advertising it, according to a new report.

> And Tom Mulcair says he takes full responsibility for the NDP’s loss in the last election. “I could have done a better job. It is my duty to the party and to you, our members, to learn from and to apply the lessons of the review. … If members grant me the honour of continuing to serve them, I am determined to make the necessary changes so that the mistakes of the campaign will never be repeated.”

WHAT EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT

“If activity is the measure, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau buzzed through the hundred-day marker Thursday with high marks. He’s flown to summits, crisscrossed the country, met premiers, mayors and First Nations chiefs, and reset relations with foreign nations. He delivered symbols of post-Harper change. And his government wrestled the challenge of resettling Syrians, with fudged deadlines, but results. But ... Mr. Trudeau’s Liberals promised not just change, but government intervention to get the economy rolling.” – Campbell Clark (for subscribers).

John Ibbitson (Globe and Mail): “Simply put, a victory by Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 presidential election would be catastrophic for Canada-U.S. relations, as well as for the Canadian economy and for the Trudeau government’s foreign policy. At best, relations between our two countries would descend into a chill unlike anything in our shared history. At worst, the world’s two best friends could become completely estranged.” (for subscribers)

Jeffrey Simpson (Globe and Mail): “The phenomenon of Bernie Sanders, the radical from Brooklyn, cannot be understood without that historical context. He was, and remains, a phenomenon in Vermont who both reflected the changes in the state, now among the most liberal in the union, and abetted them.” (for subscribers)

Chantal Hébert (Toronto Star): “On a week that marks the passing of Justin Trudeau’s 100th day in power, key Conservative and NDP insiders have been delivering some preliminary conclusions as to the causes of their October defeats. Their findings are strikingly interchangeable – with the popular momentum for change somewhat conveniently fingered as a root cause of electoral failure.”

Andrew Coyne (National Post): “We are about to find out, in other words, whether the Liberals believe their own bafflegab. The tension that was implicit in their platform is now explicit. If the Liberals blink at $30-billion deficits – if, rather than let ‘em rip, they impose restraint, even as the economy struggles – they will be conceding that they do not really believe in the stimulative power of deficits. They will be admitting that the central plank in their platform was a lie.”

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