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In a recent opinion article for the Globe and Mail, Jeffrey Simpson comments on Justin Trudeau’s liberal leadership candidacy. Simpson notes that while Justin Trudeau is undoubtedly charismatic and has an all-star last name to capture the attention of the public, he will need ideas, as well as charm, in order to succeed in a race against the Conservatives.
Simpson predicts an easy win for Trudeau on the Liberal nomination due to “his star power but also to the dilapidated state of the party he seeks to lead.” But he warns that an easy victory will not help Trudeau build the resiliency that is needed to confront the Conservative party.
Simpson remarks that Trudeau has shown “instinctive talents to capture attention,” noting that Trudeau had always been the Liberal party’s best fundraiser and was loved by the crowd “even when seated in the last row of his party’s back benches.” However, Simpson notes that while Trudeau has style, he seems to lack in substance. While Trudeau has given many speeches across Canada, “it’s difficult to remember anything he said.” This all speaks to Simpson’s point that thus far, Trudeau’s stance on specific international and domestic issues remains a mystery to the public.
Simpson suggests that while it is “grossly unfair to hang his father’s accomplishments and failures on [Trudeau’s] shoulders,” for a lack of further information one may expect that Trudeau will stand “in the broad tradition of his father” and favour a strong central government, a commitment to bilingualism, an activist government and an engaged foreign policy. But Simpson notes that at this stage, discussions about Trudeau’s policy stance are mere presumptions since the leader-hopeful has not yet been asked about a myriad of domestic and foreign issues.
Click here for a transcript of Justin Trudeau’s candidacy speech. Thomas Walkdom from the Toronto Star suggests that we might find Trudeau’s voice on his twitter account. In a different opinion article for the Globe, Bruce Anderson argues that Trudeau’s candidacy speech proves that his popularity is “undeserved.”