I’m starting to like this new generation of Trudeau politician.
When he announced he wanted to be leader of the federal Liberal party, I was aghast.
What exactly had Justin Trudeau done to warrant that kind of a reward — other than be born with the right surname?
When the Liberals then elected him on the first ballot, I wondered if mass confusion had overtaken the delegates at the conference
They chose him by a strong margin — 24,668 votes. Second place went to Joyce Murray, with 3,139 votes.
Immediately, Conservative spin doctor Fred DeLorey issued a press release congratulating the former teacher, but noting Trudeau “may have a famous name but, in a time of global economic uncertainty, he doesn’t have the judgment or experience to be prime minister.”
Trudeau may not have the experience but, more and more, he’s showing he has the judgment for the job — if you believe we need a prime minister who seems accessible, does not mind actually getting involved with people and loves speaking his mind.
This week’s announcement was, quite simply, brilliant as Trudeau stepped in front of the press gallery reporters in Ottawa — a group with whom Prime Minister Stephen Harper chooses to not deal — and promised to repeal the truly horrific and potentially undemocratic Fair Elections Act if he becomes prime minister.
Just as he did when he disowned Liberal senators, Trudeau has summed up what NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has been hammering away at for weeks, but he did it with the kind of panache his old man had for the game of politics.