CFN – Will Canadians love Justin Trudeau as much as his good woman does? That’s the question that many are asking as Mr. Trudeau is about to ascend to the top of his father’s party.
Justin is not his father though. He’s bright; has had the advantage that comes from growing up with privilege and all that comes with being the son of Pierre Elliot Trudeau who led the Liberal Party of Canada to heights that seem distant memories.
With the leadership dance coming to a close the darts are flying like in one of those black and white action serials where you know the good guy will never get hit because it’s not in the script.
There are no kill shots ready for young Trudeau. He’s exceeded expectations to date. He beat Mr. Brazeau in the ring toughening up his pretty boy image. He’s criss crossed the country creating a pool of awareness and reaction that not only his party, but the opposition is measuring.
Now will come to the sprint to the next Federal election and Mr. Trudeau is a great position. He can actually lose and even finish third without losing too much tarnish to his game. His youth and the utter mess that the Liberals ended up with after the last election all but guarantee to the Grits more seats than the last outcome; especially if Robocop antics are foiled.
There is cause for concern in the Harper camp because there’s a very real chance that Mr. Trudeau can catch lighting in a bottle as easily as he can finish 2nd or 3rd.
This next election comes down to one of two paradigms. Two Quebec candidates splitting whatever centre/left Francophone votes there are with Mr. Harper running up the middle for a Touchdown, again, or Mr. Trudeau gaining power as Canada rejects the two angry grumpy old guys in Mr. Harper and Mr. Mulcair. There is no appetite for the NDP; no dying popular leader besting it out in debates. As talented as Mr. Mulcair is he is no match for either Harper or Trudeau in this next dance.
Women, young people, the fringes, and the largest bloc; people that don’t vote are the grist for Mr. Trudeau’s mill. If he has one advantage over Mr. Harper is that he’s embraced Social Media much stronger and far more accessible than Stephen Harper ever has been or Thomas Mulcair has been since taking over the NDP.
The Leadership debates surely will be an attempt by Mulcair & Harper to slay Mr. Trudeau as much as Patrick Brazeau attempted to. Will Justin be able to jab back and survive the onslaught?
Politics is always an education; one that never ends. It’s impossible to find a single candidate that reflects all of someone’s major issues, but it should be interesting to see Mr. Trudeau’s high gear when he hits it….
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