Is Canada ready for another Trudeau vision of what Canada should look like and become?
Well yes, to an as yet to be determined degree. Justin Trudeau brings his mother Margaret’s charm, warmth, and good looks that are enhanced with his father’s wit and both parent’s love for Canada to the table. He has announced that he is going for the Liberal Party leadership.
Let’s face it politics is part of Justin’s DNA. His grandfather, Jimmy Sinclair was a long time Liberal MP and Fisheries Minister in the Lester Pearson Government.
His father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau leaves him with a challenge that would intimidate lesser men but I think that Justin is his own person and will make his own mark and that might be the difference that we have been missing.
Already one poll has him as the next PM if he goes for it. What will his leadership run do for the prospect of a NDP-Liberal merger? That is, I suggest, the question of the hour. A merger of the centre-left persuasion is what it will take to defeat the worst government Canada has ever had, ever.
Polling numbers show that members and supporters of both parties get that, which is interesting, but the reality is that the fixers and controllers of both will present the biggest hurdle. This of course reveals some of the shortcomings of the First Past the Post system that must be replaced with some form of Proportional Representation if the majority view is to be represented.
We live in interesting times.