Manning Up: Justin Trudeau and the Politics of the Canadian Defence Community

  • Andrea Lane
Part of the Canada and International Affairs book series (CIAF)


This chapter offers a feminist analysis of both the nature of the Canadian defence community and its expertise in general, and the manner in which that community discusses the defence policy of Liberal governments in particular. Instead of embarking on a broad assessment of Trudeau’s defence policies directly, the chapter explores the way in which all such assessments, with their assumptions of neutrality and objectivity, should be viewed with suspicion due to both the “unrepresentative author” bias inherent to much Canadian defence commentary and the gendered manner in which Liberal francophone politicians are discussed in Canada. Two defence policy case studies—the fighter replacement programme and a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission—are discussed as high-profile examples of the politics of defence in Canada. Finally, there is an examination of the government’s 2017 defence policy statement, with a focus on the way in which sex and gender are at play not only in the policy itself but also in its critical reception and political impact.


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  • Andrea Lane
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  1. 1.Dalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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