SASKATOON - Saskatchewan’s only Liberal member of Parliament is backing Justin Trudeau in his run for the leadership of the federal party.
Ralph Goodale says Trudeau is "tough enough to weather all the slings and arrows that will be swung his way."
He also says Trudeau is “intelligent with the brain power to lead the team that can and will defeat and replace Stephen Harper in 2015.”
Trudeau addressed a room full of Liberal supporters Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Saskatoon, part of his campaign swing across Western Canada.
Goodale said he is impressed by Trudeau’s work ethic, adding he approves of Trudeau’s message of introducing economic policies to help Canada grow on the world’s market.
Goodale said it's about rising above "the grinding mediocrity of Stephen Harper and all the divisiveness he represents."
Asked how he felt about the Idle No More Movement, Trudeau said it provides a chance to converse and develop relationships with First Nations and Métis and develop solutions to the ongoing failure of the government of Canada.
“There is a desire for people to move beyond the colonial relic that is the Indian Act,” said Trudeau.
“The way to move beyond that is to work closely with First Nations to make sure, over a gradual timeline, we achieve the kinds of prosperity and stability everyone across the country needs.”
Trudeau also said it is wrong for the Harper government not to consult with First Nation communities when planning for the Northern Gateway pipeline.
“The pipeline passes through one of the most vulnerable and beautiful (areas), and because of the lack of consultation with First Nations through which the pipeline would pass, for me that is not a good enough pipeline proposal for a government to accept,” said Trudeau.
“Don’t come to me with the cheapest pipeline option, come to me with the best pipeline option."