This word should does funny things. Trudeau should and should not do a lot of things, but Trudeau should be striving to accomplish what a lot of other people want and is not.
Yes, LInda McQuaig has an interesting idea here, but the time to have bought GM was when it failed. Neither Canada nor the US had any interest in taking it out of the hands of its lobbyist owners, and Obama insisted as a condition for bailout and for executive bailouts and golden parachutes that labor be shorted its contractually arranged retirements.
What game is Trudeau playing? I, at least, do not know in detail. But he is certainly interested in selling oil, enough to trash vast regions of Canada to do so.
One can let considerable details slide and still see certain outlines. The plan here is slash and burn–burn the world’s resources at breakneck speed to further Western imperial military and economic control–in which Canada, as something of a US and perhaps also European vassal state, as sad as that is, is thought to have some vested interest.
Trudeau should indeed consider making electric cars. But he is quite busy with the tar sands business, and has every intention of continuing and expanding that.
We are not going to have a faraway (read state or federal) government willing to just step in and solve this, though one or another half-measure may get accomplished. These large global players play for large and short-term global power, and what is needed is a multi-millennial change.