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Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:12 PM

Is Justin Trudeau Stephen Harper's Best Chance?

Much has been made so far in this Liberal race of Justin Trudeau's Samson-like curls. Locking eyes with him in the post-debate media scrum, I couldn't help but notice: he'd trimmed his hair. I wondered, would his powers now ebb away? Or is this part of an engineered shift, from foppish fortunate son to serious statesman?

If so, he's making progress. On policy questions yesterday he was confident without sounding wonkish, inclusive without pandering. Acknowledging the Liberal Party's "difficult times over the last dozen years," he described the re-energized party he hopes to lead, one that would draw on old wisdom and young votes.

The only false note came in the final seconds of his closing statement, when he directed supporters toward his campaign site, "Justin dot ca." Joking about beating pop singer Justin Bieber to the domain, he ran out of time and had his mic cut. But to emerge from this first debate anywhere but the front of the pack, he would have had to bomb completely. He didn't.

Somewhere, I hear Stephen Harper's soft hands clapping slowly.


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CHIMO Jan 2013 OP
jambo101 Jan 2013 #1
MAD Dave Jan 2013 #2
terra nova Feb 2013 #3
Ken Burch Feb 2013 #4

Response to CHIMO (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 01:34 AM

1. Trudeau is still a bit wet behind the ears..

Marc Garneau is the real diamond in the rough for Liberal leader..
The only reason Harper is the Prime Minister is because Dion and Iggy were just too unpalatable for most people to vote for..

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Response to jambo101 (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 09:36 PM

2. I agree jambo,

Marc Garneau is likely a better candidate to defeat PM Harper for the simple fact that he has less political baggage.

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Response to CHIMO (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:43 AM

3. Not the Liberals Saviour

I agree with you guys Justin is not Leader that the Liberals need right now. They need someone who is a little more experienced, more charismatic, and identifiable to all Canadians. Let's face it the only reason Harper is PM, is that the other leaders did not have what it takes. As for charisma it wouldn't take a lot to have more than Harper.

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Response to terra nova (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 04:23 AM

4. And there's no reason to go back to the Liberals in order to beat Harper.

Canada has a better and more progressive party, the New Democrats, as the Official Opposition. It would achieve nothing to switch from them to the Liberals, especially since, on economics and social spending(the issues that really matter)the Liberals and Conservatives are almost identical these days.

Canada doesn't need to replace one austerity government with ANOTHER austerity government-and if the Liberals did nothing but austerity in the Nineties, that's what they'd do again this time.

They had their chance. They had a mandate to undo all the damage Mulroney did...and they kept all the damage in place, while inflicting even MORE damage through further cuts in transfer payments and their sabotage of the EI program.

All the Liberals care about are their patrons on Bay Street.

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