Is Canada getting back into its "soft power" groove?
First — what soft power means.
This guy came up with the idea in the late 1980s — Joseph Nye. Soft power is the ability of one country to influence others by example instead of with force. Essentially — a less hawkish foreign policy approach.
Canada has been hailed as a peacekeeping nation since as far back as the 1950s when then-PM Lester Pearson helped resolve the Suez Crisis between Egypt and Israel.
"So make no mistake, by fighting this enemy here you are protecting Canadians at home," Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper said while visiting Canadian troops in Kuwait.
Trudeau is pulling Canada’s air power from the fight against ISIS.
Still, as of a November 10 poll, Trudeau’s popularity keeps surging. Apparently soft power is popular in Canada — for now.