What China’s harsh actions are teaching Trudeau about effective foreign policy

…The way the story is usually told – the way a senior official in the prime minister’s office encouraged me to think of it – is that by essentially pleading Meng Wanzhou’s case, hoping out loud for some sort of sleazy backroom deal to save her, and by gleefully championing the “we need to get things back on track” side of the debate, McCallum had gone “off the reservation.” And not once, but twice.

Well, sort of.

Another way of looking at it is that events have forced Trudeau and Freeland to go off script, to break with convention, and to finally abandon the silly “win-win” rhetoric about trade relations with China that has been so central to the Liberals’ foreign policy and trade policy.