GEORGETOWN ROYALTY, P.E.I. — Justin Trudeau is out to earn your trust.

The Liberal leader's revelation to The Huffington Post Canada last week that he smoked pot three years ago while an MP is part of a strategy to show that he will be truthful with Canadians regardless of where his party stands in the polls.

HuffPost has learned that Trudeau is expected to tell several hundred Liberal supporters at a rally Wednesday in P.E.I. that he is not in politics to do whatever is needed to win, but rather to serve the public good, and that begins with earning people's trust.

Trudeau is expected to say that you know bad things are in Ottawa when people are talking about whether it is smart for a political leader to tell the truth.

Many Liberals believe they were kicked out of office and the party plummeted in the polls because the Grits lost the trust of Canadians after the sponsorship scandal.

Trust is key to getting Canadians on side, Trudeau is expected to stress, saying that, without it, the Liberals will not able to accomplish any of the things they want to do.

But what the Liberal leader wants to accomplish with that trust is still anyone's guess.

Trudeau told reporters Tuesday in Charlottetown, for example, that he is unconvinced that military intervention is the answer in Syria. He hasn’t issued any policy announcements since June, when he proposed several ways to make Parliament more transparent and pledged that his MPs and senators would post their expenses online starting this fall. He told the media that his party is focused on themes of accountability and the economy, specifically helping to make Canada's middle class more prosperous.

Trudeau said most of the feedback he has received after revealing that he had smoked pot while holding elected office has been overwhelmingly positive, and he doesn’t think it has hurt him.

He does not believe there is any political risk to being open and transparent, Trudeau said. "I was raised to always trust Canadians and have confidence in Canadians."

As he was shaking hands in downtown Charlottetown, most of the Canadians who went up to meet him and pose for pictures said that they were impressed with Trudeau’s honesty and that his pot use doesn't bother them.

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  • Liberal leader Justin Trudeau holds Addison Quinn as he greets supporters at a barn party at the home of Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay in St. Peters Bay, P.E.I. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The party is holding their summer caucus retreat in nearby Georgetown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

  • Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, accompanied by Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay, right, greets supporters at a barn party at MacAulay's home in St. Peters Bay, P.E.I. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The Liberals are holding their summer caucus retreat in nearby Georgetown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

  • Liberal leader Justin Trudeau addresses supporters at a barn party at the home of Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay in St. Peters Bay, P.E.I. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The party is holding their summer caucus retreat in nearby Georgetown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

  • Liberal leader Justin Trudeau addresses supporters at a barn party at the home of Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay in St. Peters Bay, P.E.I. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The party is holding their summer caucus retreat in nearby Georgetown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

  • Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, right, chats with Stephen Bronfman, the party's chief fundraiser, at a barn party in St. Peters Bay, P.E.I. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The Liberals are holding their summer caucus retreat in nearby Georgetown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau takes a photo with a supporter in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Rochford

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau shakes hands with a man dressed as one of the Fathers of Confederation in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Rochford

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau signs an autograph for a young supporter in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Rochford

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau gives money to a homeless man in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Rochford

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau meets with supporters in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Rochford

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau greets supporters in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Rochford

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau reacts to a high-five while meeting supporters in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Rochford

  • Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks at the opening of the Liberal caucus in Georgetown, P.E.I. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Rochford

  • Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks at the opening of the Liberal caucus in Georgetown, P.E.I. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Rochford

  • Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks at the opening of the Liberal caucus in Georgetown, P.E.I. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Rochford

  • UP NEXT: Trudeau Visits B.C.

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau saddles up a horse in a Kamloops, B.C. stable.

  • A Trail, B.C. meets with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on July 23.

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is welcomed to Vancouver by a group of people by English Bay.

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Grégoire hold hands in an RV on their tour through interior B.C.

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau had some pancakes made for him by Xavier at Steve's Place in Canal Flats, B.C.

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau takes a ride on the Nelson, B.C. trolley on Sunday with his family.

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau visits Truscott Farms in Creston, B.C.

  • Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and his family hike to Kokanee Lake, B.C. Trudeau's younger brother, Michel, was killed in 1998 when he was swept into the lake by an avalanche.

  • <strong>NEXT</strong>: What Is Trudeau Doing?

  • Come At Me, Bro

    Justin Trudeau trains at Pan Am Boxing Club in Winnipeg on Friday Feb. 1, 2013.

  • Peekaboo!

    Justin Trudeau & co. making faces.

  • Riiiiip!

    Justin Trudeau splits his pants while pushing the "scrum machine" in support of Prostate Cancer Canada in Toronto Thursday, July 21, 2011.

  • Don't Shoot!

    Justin Trudeau gets his geek on at Montreal Comiccon in September 2012.

  • So Long 'Stache

    Justin Trudeau has his moustache shaved off to raise money for the Judy LaMarsh Fund, that supports female candidates, at the Liberal Party convention in Ottawa on Saturday, January 14, 2012.

  • Coming For MacKay

    Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay (left) is chased by Liberal MP Justin Trudeau in a motorized wheelchair during a wheelchair race relay on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 12, 2010. Twenty-five MPs and senators used a wheelchair for the day in support of the Canadian Paraplegic Association's Spinal Cord Injury and CPA awareness month.

  • All For One, One For All

    Justin Trudeau all dressed up for the Montreal Movember Gala in 2010.

  • Get Him!

    Pierre Trudeau's sons, Sacha, left, and Justin, tackle their mother's paperboy in Ottawa in this undated photo.

  • 'Family... And A Cow.'

    'Nuff said.

  • He Can Certainly Take A Punch

    Alexandre (Sacha) Trudeau delivers a right hook to his older brother Justin during a play fight in 1980 at Ottawa airport as the boys await a flight with the return of their father, then-prime minister, Pierre Trudeau.

  • Be Honest With Me, Who's Cuter?

    Justin Trudeau strikes a pose with an adorable baby.

  • A Very Furry Christmas

    Justin Trudeau poses with his family on his 2010 Christmas card.

  • Game On!

    Former Liberal MP Ken Dryden, left, and Justin Trudeau play table hockey as they visit Sun Youth, a community organization, Monday, Jan. 14, 2008 in Montreal.

  • Yanking Their Chain

    Then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau, left, watches as his 11-year-old son Justin swings on a chain during a tour of an old fort in the Omani town of Nizwa Dec. 2, 1983. Trudeau and Justin spent the day visiting the towns of Jebel and Nizwa 165 kilometres south of Muscat.

  • Rocking Out

    Justin Trudeau in Muskoka, Ont.

  • YeeHaw!

    Liberal MP Justin Trudeau, centre, has his cowbay taken by his son Xavier, 4 years-old, while his wife Sophie Gregoire, second from left, holds daughet Ella-Grace, 3 years-old, while they attend the party's annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary, Saturday, July 7, 2012. This is the 100th anniversary of the Stampede.

  • Like Mother, Like Son

    Eleven-month-old Justin Trudeau, urged on by his mother Margaret Trudeau, crawls up the steps of an aircraft in Ottawa on Dec. 5, 1972 to meet his father, then-prime minister, Pierre Trudeau on his return from Britain.

  • Cutting A Rug

    Justin Trudeau dances with wife Sophie Grégoire before his speech at the Liberal showcase on April 6, 2013.

  • Next: What Is Pierre Trudeau Doing?

  • Magician?

    Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, wearing what someone called his "Mandrake the Magician outfit," walks down the grandstand steps to present the Grey Cup trophy to the victorious Montreal Alouettes in this Nov. 28, 1970 photo.

  • Hey, It Was The '70s

    Pierre Trudeau leans over to kiss an unidentified young lady to the seeming surprise of his recent bride Margaret. Trudeau and Margaret spent Saturday March 27, 1971 at maple tree farm here near Montreal at a sugaring out party.

  • Fur Wasn't Always Controversial

    Pierre Trudeau accompanies Margaret Sinclair, at the annual Governor General's skating party for members of Parliament in Ottawa Jan. 14, 1970.

  • Ditto For Seal Hunting

    Pierre Trudeau looks through the scope of his rifle while on a seal hunting trip in Baffin Island's Clear Water Fjord, July 29, 1968.

  • A Leg Up

    Pierre Trudeau shoes off his frisbee catching style while waiting to board his plane in Vancouver May 16, 1979.

  • Calisthenics Were Still Cool

    Pierre Trudeau had no trouble keeping himself occupied during a break from a boat trip down the Northwest Territories, Nahanni River, Monday Aug. 4, 1970.

  • The Outfit...

    Pierre Trudeau takes a wary look at an ice crevice, decides to chance it and makes the leap successfully during a midnight seal- hunting expedition at Clearwater Fjord in Canada's Arctic, July 29, 1968.


 

Lise Piekarski, from Saint John, N.B., shrugged when asked about his use of marijuana. "Six times in his life?" she said. Trudeau is charismatic like his father, former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Piekarski said, and she feels she can trust him: "He’s upfront and honest about it."

Thirty-year-old Jeff Moynagh doesn't think Trudeau’s pot use is a big deal. "I smoke weed," Moynagh said.

In his October, 2012, speech to launch his Liberal leadership bid, Trudeau told his supporters he was after their trust.

"Think about it for a moment: When was the last time you had a leader you actually trusted? And not just the nebulous 'trust to govern competently,' but actually trusted, the way you trust a friend to pick up your kids from school, or a neighbour to keep your extra front door key? Real trust? That’s a respect that has to be earned, step by step," he asked a crowd in his Montreal riding while launching his leadership bid.

Now, several months later after revealing details of his personal wealth, his paid speaking engagements while he was MP and his pot use, Trudeau said his openness will make it easier for Canadians to compare and contrast him to other political leaders.

"I am certainly trying to make myself look different from the type of politics that people have been suffering through for the past years," Trudeau told reporters Tuesday.

Politics that is based on spin and polling prevents politicians from standing up and speaking out on things they believe are wrong, Trudeau suggested, pointing out he was the first and so far the most vocal opponent of a plan by Quebec's government to ban religious headgear and other symbols from public places.

Trudeau said that plan discriminates against new Canadians.

"The careful politics that my NDP and Conservative counterparts are playing is irresponsible, and that is the kind of thing that there is going to be a lot more from me as a leader, and, yes, I hope that indicates the difference between the kind of politics and the openness that I am presenting and others," he said.

Several Liberals gathered at a golf course resort near Brudenell, P.E.I. for the party’s summer caucus told HuffPost they believe Trudeau is giving Canadians something few have seen in a long time — an honest leader.

Liberal Senator Larry Campbell was skeptical at first but now thinks that Trudeau's message is resonating with people who feel they can approach him and get the unvarnished truth.

"Everything you do can’t be seen as a pap to the masses, it has to be true, and I think that’s what he’s doing," Campbell said.

"This could have been disastrous for him, and it wasn’t," the senator added.

"I don’t think that [Prime Minister Stephen] Harper has a way of addressing this kind of 'Yeah, here I am with all of my warts' kind of thing," Campbell said.

Brian Rice, the Liberal party’s president in British Columbia who is at the meetings to campaign for the presidency of the party next year, said Trudeau is walking the walk.

He's "not talking about it as much as just doing it," Rice said about the Liberal leader’s desire to be more open and transparent.

"Leading by example is key, and I think that’s why Canadians are responding to it," he said.

Cape Breton MP Rodger Cuzner told HuffPost that people are tired of being lied to by the prime minister on a number of files, such as the F-35 purchase, the Senate scandal and the skills shortages in Canada.

Harper will do whatever is needed to keep the government in power, even though his "pants have been on fire since he's taken the reigns," Cuzner said. What Trudeau offers, the MP said, is refreshing.

"Truth is novel in today’s political atmosphere."