Recently, like many winter-bound Canadians, while taking a break from watching our stellar athletes perform at the Olympics, I watched some of the Liberal policy convention from Montreal.
And with no professional or personal political advantage to be gained (having dodged that local, nasty virus) by changing my mind and party allegiance and having listened to federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, I was reassured by his solid speeches, and know that it’s time for me to be a Liberal and for the Liberals to re-assume power in the country.
Yes, Trudeau has made a few missteps in the past, but who
His just get national and media attention — unless criminal, mine and yours likely do not.
But at the convention, I think we started to see the makings of our next prime minister in waiting.
I’ll leave it to the critics to criticize the alleged lack of substance to his speeches, but I’ll say that he got off to a very strong start at the convention.
Trudeau, rightly, went back to Liberal political basics, spoke eloquently about fairness, equality and compassion in our Canadian just and multi-cultural society.
He did hit upon other key policy areas that spoke to me, like the need for a more educated citizenry to promote better quality of life and poverty reduction, the inherent rights of our aboriginal peoples and economic growth and resource development with respect for the environment.
Trudeau also rightly addressed the negativity in Ottawa and a current prime minister who does not work to unite and strengthen the country as a whole, to the point where he does not even like to meet with the premiers on provincial issues. The latter is outrageous.
It is time for change for the political better in our country where leaders lead, can relate to and engage with, their fellow citizens, are, in fact, engaging, have a current and accurate view of today’s issues that are real to us as voters, and haven’t been around forever with nothing new to offer.