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04:12 PM on 12/11/2012
'But with Trudeau at the helm, the Liberals would take 31 per cent of the vote.'
That's all that needs to be said. None of the other candidates come close to this
number. Since 31 is better than 18, Liberals will no doubt make him their new leader.
We have two years for him to put in the time and make his mark. I'll judge him on that
performance, and not by the opinions of the right wing media.
11:38 AM on 12/12/2012
Well, since the main asset he appears to have is his father's name...and, being from the west, that'll be the reason I won't vote for him. Of course, adding Chretien into the mix, it would be a miracle that I ever vote for the Liberals.
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12:39 PM on 12/12/2012
I suggest you actually listen to the man speak or read some of what he's has written. This country needs new blood, someone with energy and vision, not the regressive policies of 'old dead eyes' or the 'missing in action' Mulcair.
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Peter Burgess1
04:12 PM on 12/11/2012
lol. Don't count him out yet.

I don't really like the guy I think the LPC has better choices for a leader, having said that though Canadians are every bit as likely to vote someone *out* rather than vote someone in. The only reason the CPC get it's first majority is because Canadians were currently sick of the LPC, so they voted for the only (in their collective minds) alternative.
Now that the CPC has outlived it's welcome the chance Canadians would vote for a trained monkey to replace them.

A poll at this time is meaningless.
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Peas Family Buffet
It's simple...right or wrong!
03:51 PM on 12/11/2012
OMG people are thinking about letting a KID run the country....Please!!! I don't trust him to spend 25 cents correctly let alone the entire federal budget. How much bubble gum can I get for $600 billion dollars?
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gravescanada
04:05 PM on 12/11/2012
I dont think 41 years old is a kid. Come on now.
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Liban CZ
Straight as an arrow.
05:32 PM on 12/11/2012
but he is a "very special kid" in fact he is so special ..and now I better stop.....
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tnanimation
04:14 PM on 12/11/2012
Your assertion itself is childish. The idea that a man in his forties is a 'KID' is ridiculous.
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Peas Family Buffet
It's simple...right or wrong!
04:45 PM on 12/11/2012
How long has he been in Politics? What has he accomplished? Or is he riding on the coat tails of a name. That's my guess....Give him the title of leader and a name can only carry you so far. He has stuck his foot in his mouth on many occasions. He is inexperienced. He is still a kid in the eyes of most Canadians.
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Kenneth T Tellis
05:27 PM on 12/11/2012
gravescanada really meant KID, as in young GOAT. So, it is not as ridiculous as you think!
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novabird
Lover of Life, Radical Centrist
03:47 PM on 12/11/2012
As much as I feel a strong sentimental attachment to Trudeau, I believe that is he not ready to take on the role of Liberal party leadership.
Garneau, on the other hand, demonstrates the gravitas and well established leadership qualities that are needed for the job of Prime Minister.

I predict that Garneau will win this race.
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Mastiff
Via ovicipitum dura est.
04:08 PM on 12/11/2012
I think Garneau would be better suited to the job, but think that Trudeau will win the popularity contest.
11:29 AM on 12/14/2012
Unfortunately, I think you're right. Most young people don't even follow politics but he is pretty. Let's face it. Garneau was only a Naval Captain, Astronaut and head of the the Canadian Space Agency, pshaw I say! Justin was a full fledged part time Drama Teacher who was born with a silve spoon in his mouth. Did I mention he's pretty?
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Peter Burgess1
04:13 PM on 12/11/2012
What's wrong with Joyce Murry?
yer
Stop the Alberta Taliban
04:39 PM on 12/11/2012
Nothing at all. Has some interesting ideas. But she has to surpass a space cadet and an astronaut
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novabird
Lover of Life, Radical Centrist
05:05 PM on 12/11/2012
who?
03:47 PM on 12/11/2012
justin is a typical liberal - lots of flash, glitter and sparkle - no substance and hollow shell at the end.
georgee2
My Canada Includes Everyone
04:22 PM on 12/11/2012
And typical conservative would be?
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Kenneth T Tellis
05:31 PM on 12/11/2012
Someonw with a BRAIN. That leaves out Justin Trudeau from the running.
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duggyg
Spring comes and the grass grows by itself
09:32 PM on 12/11/2012
Um, shall we see?.........wanna bet? Or is this just those dancing digits doin the talkin?
12:21 AM on 12/12/2012
we'll see. so far it's pomp no substance.
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Harry Nuggets
Son of Mick Nuggets
03:34 PM on 12/11/2012
This is good that it is happening now before the next election, it's going to force him to get with it...something I don't think he is as of yet. Looks like he may have to actually earn the leadership.
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04:22 PM on 12/11/2012
As he had to earn his seat, with very little help from the Liberal establishment. Mr. Trudeau has proven that he is a fighter. Once he attains the leadership i believe he will surprise everyone. What I truly would like to see is a debate with Harper, Trudeau and Mulcair. They will not stand a chance in the ring with Mr. Trudeau.
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Harry Nuggets
Son of Mick Nuggets
04:30 PM on 12/11/2012
I hope you're right, I want Harper gone.
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Kenneth T Tellis
05:34 PM on 12/11/2012
Yes! He is a fighter as in the bout with an out of training senator. Other than that he can put his foot in his mouth, if you want to call that fighting.
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dyncon
03:33 PM on 12/11/2012
"Whether they had a good or bad opinion of the leadership candidates, ....... 27 per cent drew a blank for Garneau '. Of course, the same 27% were on another planet at the time or weren't alive when Garneau flew on three flights aboard NASA Space shuttles becoming the first Canadian in outer space. Even if they weren't alive at the time, they should know something about recent Canadian history before being given the right to vote.
03:24 PM on 12/11/2012
A pretty boy vs. the most cunning political operator in Canada?
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novabird
Lover of Life, Radical Centrist
03:49 PM on 12/11/2012
That is exactly what I am thinking andycan! Yikes, Trudeau is not up to a brutal street fight with Harper.
04:20 PM on 12/11/2012
Really? And who says? Conservatives up to their dirty tricks to blacken his name before he is even the Leader. Interesting, no? Harper must be REALLY worried. Good, OUT he goes!
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newcomer chess
03:19 PM on 12/11/2012
"However, these numbers may not be as good as they appear at first glance."

If there was ever a straw-man... yawn!
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Harry Nuggets
Son of Mick Nuggets
03:35 PM on 12/11/2012
Yeah, I know. Now I wonder if you're going to get carpet bombed by Trudeau maniacs as I constantly seem to be anytime I draw attention to his lack of experience or ideas.
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03:07 PM on 12/11/2012
If the libs want to go into the dustbin of history Justin is just the boy to do it. Mission one is get rid of China Steve and he is not the one for the job. Come on Libs offer this left of center voter something I can vote for.
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DoctorHorror
03:03 PM on 12/11/2012
1. Stop the right wing from selling off Canada - which is isn't
2. Legalize weed - which he isn't
3. Focus less on globalization and more on Canada - which he won't
4. Rid us of these uselss g8 and g20 summits - which he won't

I will be at the polls next election, but until we have a candidate that will step up to the rich and come up with a balance that helps middle class and lower class, then no one will receive my support.
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Egotism is a weakness
02:57 PM on 12/11/2012
The situation I find myself in is that the number of Liberal "gaffes" still outnumber the ones the Conservatives have made thus far. This isn't to mention that a chunk of the complaints against the Conservatives also happened when they were a minority government; which means whatever 'gaffes' they produced the other parties had a hand in that particular mess.

This is compounded by the reality that the Liberal party doesn't currently stand for a lot. At least I know the NDP rose to power because they provided an alternative to the Liberal party, much in the same way the Conservatives provided an alternative to the Liberal party years earlier. Like it or not the Liberal party was torn apart from both sides, and for good reason considering how the party viewed and ran itself.

How am I supposed to view the Liberal party exactly when the impression I continue to get from them is "Vote us in or else Harper will destroy Canada. Vote us in, we are Canada's natural governing party. Vote us in, ABC. Vote us in, stop tyranny. Vote us in, Harper didn't get a majority we did." It's fear based platform, there's no substance to it; and odds are it's going to remain devoid of substance until the Liberals get an actual leader; but what has Trudeau offered? A brand name? "People from Quebec make better PMs" and "Albertains are destroying the country?"
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03:22 PM on 12/11/2012
So, you would rather have the same old Liberal hack from the past? Mr. Trudeau has had to fight to gain his seat and keep it, the Liberal party gave him very little assistance, mainly because they were aware of his potential. now that he has declared for the leadership, out come the knives. Instead of getting behind a potentially great leader that would be an absolute vote magnet for young voters, it seems that Liberals themselves are lining up to smear Mr. Trudeau's name in a vain attempt to elect yet another weak, bland creature, much like Stephan Dion. Is it any wonder why the Liberal party finds itself in the mess it is in? Marc Garneau, or any of the other candidates would given the 'Ignatieff Treatment' in short order if they take the leadership position.
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Egotism is a weakness
04:28 PM on 12/11/2012
Honestly it seems like Trudeau is just another 'old' Liberal hack, and that's probably the main reason why the Liberal party is fawning over him so much.  He's not a man to change the party, more of one to set it back to it's old ways; or perhaps it's that the Liberal party has a mold in mind, and that Trudeau fits it best.

Don't blame people like me for having knives, the Liberal party had plenty; and they were drawn out during the final years Chretien was PM.  The leaders that were picked from that point forward were to placate the "old Liberal hacks" and Trudeau is simply the next man up on that chopping block.  He's not going to change the party, he's simply offering his own head up on a platter.
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04:30 PM on 12/11/2012
I don't think they would have a hard time giving the Ignatieff or Dion treatment to an engineer, three-time astronaut, and retired naval engineer in the Canadian Forces. Garneau's resume itself paint's a portrait of a man who is anything but weak. You couldn't really present him as coming down from an ivory tower either. I think Harper would mop the floor with Trudeau, and that Garneau would be a much stronger challenger.
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02:45 PM on 12/11/2012
Aside from a qoute taken out of context and the non-contraversy over the long arms registration what has he done thats so bad?
*shrug*
Called a fellow MP a bad name in the Commons? Postivly beniegn these days. Punched a pretty Senator in the face? Was in a ring, was fair.

I just think the 'luster' has come off him as more candidates have entered the race and the big name effect wore thin. Which is expected, but not really fair as Trudue is far more then just a scion but has had some pretty key roles in his short carreer. More then the sitting governments cabniet when they were chosen to lead the new Conservative party.
He's no my first choice to lead, but then I'm not a Liberal. If I were though he'd be my second choice and I think alot of people agree with that. The Honourable Trudue is still in pretty good shape all things considered.
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dyncon
03:38 PM on 12/11/2012
Sir or madam: I counted at least 12 spelling mistakes in your comments. It might be wise to consider using spell check if you want your comments taken seriously.
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05:09 PM on 12/15/2012
I thank you for taking the time to note that for me. I don't really mind if anyone minds me, spelling aside of course. If I have anything terribly important to go over I'll be sure to give it a good once over first.
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Liban CZ
Straight as an arrow.
02:39 PM on 12/11/2012
All Stars end the same way, too much shine....it blinds you.
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Angelo Barovier
I came, I saw, I ate the cheese.
02:32 PM on 12/11/2012
This is only because of the biased mainstream media and its conservative right-wing agenda. Hurr durr.