Trudeau caps first week of leadership campaign with backing from potential rival
DIEPPE, N.B. - Justin Trudeau's bid to become the next leader of the federal Liberal party won the backing today of a one-time contender for the party's top job.
New Brunswick MP Dominic LeBlanc, a lifelong friend, endorsed Trudeau at an event in Dieppe, a city that neighbours Moncton in LeBlanc's Beausejour riding.
LeBlanc's late father, former governor general Romeo LeBlanc, served in the cabinet of Trudeau's late father, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau.
In the past, LeBlanc has had aspirations to lead his party and briefly ran for the top job in 2008 before stepping aside for Michael Ignatieff.
Although he'd mused publicly about running again this time, he made no effort to put together a campaign team and few Liberals actually expected him to take the plunge.
An insider close to Trudeau said no pressure was put on LeBlanc to stand aside in favour of his childhood playmate.