Michael Den Tandt: Get ready for more gushing about Trudeau as prime minister heads to D.C.

If you’re the kind of Tory or NDP partisan who instinctively wants to smash a plate whenever you see ’s smiling face onscreen, this might be a good time to unplug your devices.

The Prime Minister is having a good week. It’s about to get better still, courtesy of President and our friends to the south. There is little opposition MPs in Ottawa can do about this, beyond gritting their teeth and waiting for the moment to pass.

Lost in the clatter Sunday over 60 Minutes’ appointing movie star Kim Cattrall the PM’s mom, and the CBS flagship news show’s decision to treat Trudeau as soft-focus celebrity fodder, was this: As a set-up calculated to spark ordinary Americans’ interest ahead of a glitzy state dinner Thursday, the profile was nigh perfect. It was followed by a Huffington Post town hall Monday that featured Trudeau’s strongest showing since the campaign last fall.

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Buried amid 60 Minutes’ predictable effusia about the PM’s boxing habit was a brief bit on the war against ISIL. In it, Trudeau reiterates his government will devote more Canadian military resources to the effort than did his predecessor. Expect to hear this again in the coming days. It is central to the Liberals’ new-old America strategy, which is to reassure Washington of ’s anti-terrorist bona fides while seeking concessions on border access and trade.

It will be a surprise indeed if someone senior in the Obama administration, possibly even the President himself, does not make a point this week of praising the re-booted Canadian military mission against ISIL.

The lines will go something like this: “Canada and the United States, stewards of the world’s longest undefended border and greatest trading partnership, continue to work hand in hand in the fight against ISIL.” Then there’ll be some tactical detail, perhaps from a Pentagon source: “The coalition’s greatest emerging need is for training and support for local allied ground forces. In doing that hard work, Canada is demonstrating yet again …”

The second line, in particular, will remove a bat with which the Tories have beaten Trudeau about the head and neck for the past three months, as he and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan struggled to explain why they were pulling Canadian jet fighters out of the fight.

The new narrative, that Canada is stepping into a riskier role with additional special forces (triple the number deployed by the Conservatives), will draw fire from the New Democrats. But that’s just the kind of critique Trudeau now needs to shore up his centrist credentials. Anytime a New Democrat calls a dovish Liberal prime minister a reckless warmonger, the latter gains a couple of points with swing voters.

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