Trudeau impresses with convention performance

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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.

Important issues

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.

Geoff Chaulk

St. John’s

Geographic location: Ottawa

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  • jj
    March 13, 2014 - 10:02

    For me, it would take more than a good photo op to vote for Trudeau (Mister pothead). Shiny ponies don't impress me. Trudeau comes across as more sizzle than steak.

  • Ginn
    March 12, 2014 - 09:23

    If, as has been said frequently, Trudeau had been born Justin Smith and was not bearing a well known name, would he be 3rd party leader today? His father often spoke eloquently but failed to deliver his pie in the sky promises. He left office with Canada badly divided. His one achievement was to follow through on the Diefenbaker initiative on a charter of human rights. I doubt that his son, given his background, can successfully run the country.

  • mainlander
    March 12, 2014 - 09:22

    Obama isn't getting his policies through because of the stupid way their government is formed. Laws are passed through congress. The Republicans have a majority in the House, so they refuse to pass anything because it might help the President. The Democrats have fewer than 60 votes in the Senate, so even a simple majority can't get things passed. And even the stuff they do get passed just gets blocked in the House. Laws need to pass the House & Senate before the President can sign them. And with Tea Party wingnuts running the show, a lot of his presidency is below expectations because they are blocking everything. Hopefully the Dems retake the House and get a super majority in the Senate in November. However, the wingnuts have redistricted in a way that it is highly unlikely the democrats can win. Too bad, Obama could have really turned the country around if he wasn't fighting lunatics the whole time.

  • Politically Incorrect
    March 12, 2014 - 07:28

    I expect no more from Trudeau than what our American friends got from Obama. Essentially, the abandonment of principles for more austerity and a government as much in the pockets of the corporate oligarchy as Harper, Chretien, Martin, and Mulroney. Phil Ochs put it eloquently when he characterised Liberals as "ten degrees to the left of center in good times. Ten degrees to the right of center if it affects them personally."

    • saelcove
      March 12, 2014 - 10:05

      With an election call in Quebec and a P Q win, a call for separation will be in the cards,what happens if the liberals win the next election, Canada will have a leader from a foreign country