How has Canada’s Liberal government fared, 100 days in?

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Before Canada’s recent federal election on Oct. 19, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau made a number of wide-ranging and bold foreign policy commitments, from pulling Canada’s bombers out of the war against ISIS to mitigating climate change. Others were more ambiguous, such as making foreign aid and peacekeeping contributions.

However, so far — around 100 days since its election victory — Trudeau’s government has had little time to focus on its promises as its international engagement has been largely determined by external forces, including global summits, human rights issue, and concerns around half-passed legislation. 

To begin to assess whether the government is positioning itself to live up to its foreign policy commitments, the School of International Affairs at Carleton University, in partnership with the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, is releasing a Foreign Policy Report Card. As the first of several to come over the next four years, it evaluates the government’s first 100 days in office, which is traditionally accepted as the point at which it gets its footing. The full results, including letter grades, of this first report card will be available online on Feb. 1. Meanwhile, a day-long event in Ottawa will discuss the topic further.