Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Justin Trudeau Announces Leadership Candidacy

I had a chance to watch Justin Trudeau's campaign launch speech last night. I was impressed. He hit on themes I have not heard from any Canadian politician in a long time. He emphasized the importance of multiculturalism and diversity, and talked about repatriation of the constitution, how Canada was no longer a colony or dominion (something which Harper's actions - such as joint embassies with the United Kingdom - are belying). He talked about national unity and a true vision for ALL of Canada, something lacking with the NDP and Conservatives.

Of course, Justin Trudeau will have to prove himself over the course of this leadership race. He is young and inexperienced and will have to show he can grapple with the issues. As well, this Toronto Star columnist has some good points on the dangers of political coronations, of prematurely anointing someone as successor.

Nonetheless, Justin Trudeau's campaign is off to a good start, he hit all the right themes in his speech. He has great potential and Liberals have good reason to be optimistic.

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