It is a sign of the times that a Canadian prime minister and an American president are cheering for different candidates in the upcoming second round of France's presidential election - and that their contrary preferences are so transparent.
If he wants to avoid spending the 2019 campaign walking on the shards of yet another broken signature promise, Justin Trudeau has little choice but to make good on his promise to legalize marijuana in time for the next election.
It took Justin Trudeau more than 12 hours to issue a definitive statement on U.S. President Donald Trump's surprise missile strikes on the Syrian regime, but in the end he made a black-and-white choice.
Gender parity was the hands-down winner of Monday's five federal byelections. The Conservative brand was a close second, but not necessarily for reasons related to the continuing federal leadership campaign.
Justin Trudeau does not much like the House of Commons and the feeling is mutual.
This is not a statement on the people who sit alongside or across from the prime minister, or the latter's feelings toward them.