Chase.. some hopeful news... Trudeau

hamiltongardener(CAN 6a)November 21, 2012

Hubby has been a diehard NDP for many years and took it pretty hard when Jack died.

But he's always been an admirer of Pierre Trudeau and has mentioned that if Justin manages to win the leadership race for the Liberal Party... he will vote for him. He would actually consider getting politically involved again and volunteer with the Liberal campaign.

YAY! My socialist hubby will join me in the Liberal Party ranks!

OTTAWA � The son of Canada's most famous politician would lead his father's once-mighty Liberal Party back to power if elections were held now, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Thirty-nine percent of respondents in a Forum poll for the daily National Post said they would vote for the Grits under Justin Trudeau, one of three sons of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, prime minister of Canada from 1968 to 1979, and 1980 to 1984.

The ruling Conservatives would take only 30 percent while the opposition New Democrats would fall to third place with 23 percent.

In an election this would translate into 150 seats for the Liberals in the 308-seat House of Commons, just short of a majority.

"A Liberal Party led by (Justin Trudeau) would be the prohibitive favorite to beat in the next federal election," Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff told the National Post.

The 40-year-old would decisively win the votes of Canadians over 45, and polls strongly among female voters (42 percent). Male voters were split between the Tories and Grits, according to the survey of 1,849 eligible voters. The sample is considered accurate within a margin of two percent.

Pierre Trudeau, who died in 2000, was admired for the force of his intellect and praised for his political acumen in preserving national unity against Quebec separatists, as well as establishing the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

But after ruling for most of the last century, the Liberal Party was eviscerated in last year's election, relegated to the political margins as a third-ranked grouping with 35 seats in parliament.

Justin had swapped a teaching career for a chance to represent the Liberals in 2008 in the Montreal electoral district of Papineau and win it back from the separatists who took it in 2006. He won and was reelected in 2011.

Many have said they hope his youth, good looks and brand name can revitalize and re-launch the party in time to challenge the Conservatives in the next election likely in 2015.

But he must first win his party's leadership race. A new Liberal leader will be chosen in April, after Michael Ignatieff resigned in the wake of the party's drubbing at the polls.

Here is a link that might be useful: Justin looking good

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chase_gw

Looking good and good looking!!!! I'm so shallow....

We'll see how he does in the leadership race. I sense that he is an emotional favourite but he is young and relatively inexperienced. If he nails the leadership then he'll have lots of opportunity to show his mettle.

Can you just imagine how he could energize young Canadians!!!! We need life and passion back in our politics and nobody does that better than a Trudeau!!!

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 5:19PM
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marshallz10(z9-10 CA)

But without the sideburns and bell-bottom trowsers

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 8:18PM
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blfenton

But his dad had an aura about him that made you want to be a part of his life. His personality (ego?) was larger than life, he was dynamic and a forceful, "to he!! with you" speaker, and although brilliant I don't think he took himself or politics all that seriously. That attitude captured the Canadian imagination and put us on the world stage at a time that we needed it. I just hope that people aren't expecting a reincarnation of Pierre, because not only do we not need it but Justin isn't it.

Hamiltong - Jack Layton was a little like that, captivating and passionate about politics without being pedantic about it. I suspect that if he wasn't NDP he would have found himself PM.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 3:09PM
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momj47(7A)

He made quite an impression, even down here. My dad, quite the Canadaphile (??) followed the news about him while he was Prime Minister. It will be interesting to see how his son does.

Sleeping with an elephant

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 4:04PM
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chase_gw

He will never be his Dad...never. The man was so unique. However he could be what is required to breathe some life into the Liberal party which is currently on life support.

We'll see how he does when he has a chance to show what he is made of...big mistake if he tries to be what his Dad was. Got a feeling he can do this all on his own.

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    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 4:12PM
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hamiltongardener(CAN 6a)

Got a feeling he can do this all on his own.

Yeah, I do too. He has handled himself quite deftly in the political arena (and boxing arena too!) so far. He has enough of his father's passion and devil-may-care, but he's not faced a major crisis yet. Of course, he wouldn't be handling that kind of crisis until AFTER he is Liberal leader... or Prime Minister. When that happens, we'll see how far the man can go.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 4:16PM
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tobr24u(z6 RI)

Refresh me on some scandal that old Pierre's wife was involved in...

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 5:22AM
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tobr24u(z6 RI)

Tellus about all of them... lol!

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 8:08AM
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chase_gw

The young Mrs Trudeau was quite the "free spirit".

I suppose the most famous "scandal" was her relationship with Mick Jagger. She went dancing at a club with him, sans Pierre, the night of their wedding anniversary and then flew to New York and spent time with him there. Upon her return she informed the world that she was going to move to NYC to pursue her photography career but would come back to Ottawa weekends to see Pierre and her three young sons.

She was 30 years his junior (mid 20's to mid 50's) and never felt comfortable in the role of the PM of Canada;s wife. Pierre cut her a lot of slack and was generally supportive for a time but in the end they divorced with him having full custody of the boys.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 8:19AM
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tobr24u(z6 RI)

Wow! Mick Jagger! Is there anyone he didn't score...

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 8:40AM
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ann_t

"Maggie" Trudeau was very young and as it came out later, she was bipolar. Which probably explains a lot about some of her behaviour. She has written about her life dealing with this disorder.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 8:49AM
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hamiltongardener(CAN 6a)

Wow! Mick Jagger! Is there anyone he didn't score...

I think there are a couple of elderly women in Wales he didn't get to yet...

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 8:49AM
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