Canadian Politics: Justin Trudeau to run for leaderhsip of Liberal Party

Canadian Politics: Justin Trudeau to run for leaderhsip of Liberal Party

Montreal : Canada | Sep 26, 2012 at 5:03 AM PDT
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The son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau will be throwing his hat in the leadership ring for the Liberal Party of Canada. Justin Trudeau is expected to officially announce his candidacy next week.

Justin Trudeau is the son of the 15th Prime Minister of Canada, who served from 1968 to 1979 and, after a six-months absence, again from 1980 to 1984. Hailed by many in central Canada and Quebec, he was disliked in Alberta for his introduction of the National Energy Program.

Born in 1971, the 41-year-old is one of the youngest contenders. His age is both a strength and a weakness. The liberal leaning media in Canada is likely to embrace Justin Trudeau, which will help him with his quest for the Liberal Party Leadership.

Trudeau's move may be a game changer for the Liberal Party of Canada, which, after governing for 13 years under Jean Chretien and Paul Martin, slipped to third party status during Canada's last election. The New Democratic Party has replaced it as the official opposition.

Trudeau has been the Member of Parliament since 2008, representing Montreal-Papineau. His maternal grandfather, James Sinclair, was also a federal cabinet Minister.

Trudeau first emerged in the natioal spotlight after he delivered a powerful eulogy at his father's funeral. At that time there was talk of the manifestation of a political dynasty in Canada.

Trudeau and President Obama, in many instances, have the same worldview and if Obama were re-elected and Trudeau were to be Prime Minister, their visions and policies would most likely align.

Former federal conservative cabinet minister Stockwell Day, who shared a condo in the same building with Trudeau in Ottawa, speaks kindly of the young Trudeau. Day predicts that he will win, just as Obama will win his re-election.

In an article published on CBC on August 31st of this year, Day says that Trudeau "clearly has his father's propensity to diminish the danger of deficit spending and its depressing effect on any economy."

His lack of understanding of "how the world works" will not, however, be a political detriment to him. That is because he will enjoy what most conservatives can only dream of: mainstream media emotional attachment.

No, I do not suffer the paranoia of believing there is a "vast" left-wing conspiracy in the media.

I am simply a realist when I reflect on the fact that by their own internal polling "vast" numbers of the mainstream media claim to be small-L liberal in their philosophical worldview. Source: CBC

The author had the opportunity to meet Trudeau during his visit to a military-training exercise. Trudeau has the capacity to talk to the man on the street and had no problem sharing a beer. He definitely has charisma, and a generational change will certainly help the Liberal Party.

A Trudeau candidacy may be the ticket to provide impetus for voting Liberal again in those not completely trusting the New Democratic Party.

Trudeau has a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill Univeristy and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia.

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Karl Gotthardt is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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