Being continuously in the headlines for over a month, newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is the topic of discussion for almost every Canadian. On the other hand, also not far away from headlines, Donald Trump is often on the news one way or the other. What makes these two powerful leaders from different nations so unique?
Trump The Businessman Vs. Trudeau The Teacher
Mr. Trump has been in the spotlight through real estate, Trump Empire, racism, hosting, and many other brutal things too. Donald Trump does not have a political background. He’s a graduate with a B.S degree. He decided to lead the nation because he believes the country needs him to make it great again. The first time Trump was involved in politics on a huge platform was when he sponsored Mitt Romney in 2012, and supported Ronald Reagan for presidency. Trump tried his luck at presidency in 1988, 2004, and 2014. Currently, he is one of the most popular candidates for 2016’s presidency.
Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, is the son of the former PM Pierre Trudeau. During the 2000s, after the demise of his father, Justin Trudeau started to get involved in politics. Trudeau had completed his BA degree in Literature (McGill University), BEd (University of British Columbia), was a teacher, an engineer, and he even studied environmental geography. He was also a part of the Jean Chretien party. In 2015, Trudeau ran for Prime Minister, and won to become the second youngest PM.
From Different Worlds: Family, Nation, and Vision
Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump, was an American real estate developer. He was a migrant to New York. At the age of 22, he entered into the real estate world only to find himself with success from every angle. Donald Trump’s mother, Mary Ann MacLeod Trump, belonged to a small German family. Trump was brought up in US and he graduated with a BS Degree in Economics. Trump has a vision to make America great again.
Justin Trudeau’s father was the 15th Prime Minister of Canada and was elected twice -- first in 1968-79 and then in 1980-84. He started his career as a lawyer turned politician. He married Margaret Trudeau in 1971 and got separation in 1977. Trudeau’s mother Mrs. Trudeau is an actress, photographer, author, and former television host.
Immigrants: Friends Or Foe?
When he announced to run as President, Mr. Trump said: “It's true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” On the Stephen Colbert show aired on September 23, 2015, he added: “We are going to build a wall. You’re going to pay for the wall,” the brash billionaire said he would tell the Mexican government. “The wall itself, we own.” These statements have hurt the 57 million Latino populations that reside in the US.
On the other hand, Justin Trudeau carries a different message for his country. Out of the 10 proposals Mr. Trudeau put on the table, some of them include, double the number of immigrant applicants from 5,000 for grandparents and parents sponsorship. Also, double the budget to process applications for family class immigration to reduce the waiting time. Increase allocation points for immigrants who have siblings in Canada through their Express Entry application. Canadian citizenship will become easier to attain by international students in the near future. The minimum dependent age will be moved from 19 to 22. Mr. Trudeau also stated that he wants to lift the requirement for Mexicans to travel to Canada.
Domestic Policy: What to Expect
Donald Trump’s domestic policy aims to build walls and borders to keep immigrants, refugees and the ISIS out. When asked about strategies to build a wall to keep the Mexicans out, and to get them to pay for it too, he simply said: “I can get anything done.” The policy aims to end illegal immigration, take back oil fields from Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries. Mr. Trump believes the US funds the extremists by purchasing oil worth billions of dollars. Mr. Trump additionally says, de-funding is the only way to remove power from ISIS and other Islamic States. Otherwise, they will overpower the world and bring forth a nuclear holocaust. He also intends to end birthright citizenship.
Mr. Trudeau’s domestic policy is based around four major aspects, abortion, marijuana, religious practices, and women rights. About abortion, Mr. Trudeau had disclosed his wishes to lead a party that is “resolutely pro-choice. He is in favor to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Instead of having kids buy it illegally, he wants to make the drug legal for the citizen’s own good. Being a Roman Catholic, Mr. Trudeau strongly supports equal rights and open practices. In his victory speech, he said there are many stories he can talk about, but he particularly talks about a Muslim woman and her son. He strongly believes in women rights and called himself an active feminist, and proud to be one.
What’s Their Take on ISIS?
Mr. Trump wants to end ISIS’s power, and bomb them until every last one of them is dead, and make sure they have no source of funds. “Take back the oil. Once you go over and take back that oil, they have nothing. You bomb the hell out of them, and then you encircle it, and then you go in. And you let Mobil go in, and you let our great oil companies go in. Once you take that oil, they have nothing left. I would hit them so hard. I would find you a proper general; I would find the Patton or MacArthur. I would hit them so hard your head would spin.”
Mr. Trudeau called the Canadian Air Force back within 24 hours from the moment he won the elections. He says he wants to focus on the humanitarian angle to help Syria and Iraq. He has also agreed to welcome 25,000 Syrian immigrants to Canada.