I’ve decided to branch away from the books today and get a little more political. This may not be your cup of tea, but seeing as this is the big story in the news right now, you’re going to be hearing about it sooner or later, so you might as well get a basic idea of what’s going on. After all, what happens in politics doesn’t stay in politics; it seeps into our everyday life, whether we wish it or not. We are not completely powerless, though; they cannot wield the power that comes with the political territory unless we say so, and another opportunity for that is just about here.
This Sunday, April 14th, the leadership position for the Liberal Party will be decided as the final ballots are tallied. As it stands now, the weight of the votes are tipping the scales towards non other than the son of former Liberal leader Pierre Trudeau. Justin Trudeau has caught the eye of many a Canadian with his charismatic demeanor and striking good looks, not to mention the media. We may be seeing the birth of a political celebrity, but are we seeing the birth of a new and improved liberal party?
Pierre Trudeau was the 15th Prime Minister of Canada, and during the 16 years he held that position, many changes were made that set him apart from the leaders before him. It was thanks to Pierre Trudeau that Canada was finally able to become a country that was no longer subject to the sovereignty of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. He also ensured that the province of Quebec remain a part of Canada, although not necessarily to everyone’s delight given the recent attempts of Quebec to become an independent country.
Trudeau passed away in September of 2000, much to the sadness of those who supported his place in the government. Justin Trudeau, who has been immersed in the world of politics since the day he was born, plans on filling the shoes his father left behind. Not only that, but he has made it quite clear that the current Prime Minister Stephen Harper has fallen short of the expectations of those who voted him in.
Justin spoke these words at a showcase event at the Metro Toronto Conventions Center, as well as several other statements which reflected his dissatisfaction with Harper’s career. He made mention of his father as well, since April 6th marked the “45th anniversary of Pierre Trudeau’s ascension to the Liberal leadership”.
Justin speech was everything you would expect from this young, charismatic politician:
The only question now is whether he will be able to live up to the hype he has created around his name. The liberal party has always talked big, but if it does not manifest itself into action, then the words become meaningless and the liberal party will continue to take the back seat behind the conservatives.
Justin has had the advantage of being able to watch the ups and downs of his fathers career, and decide for himself what kind of politician he himself would one day become if given that opportunity. If he is indeed elected to be the new leader of the Liberal Party, we can only hope that he is able to mend the tarnished name that is ‘politics’, instead of feeding the traditionalist beast which likes to rear its ugly head in the form of preemptive military strikes and the alteration of policies with a neglect for public input.
Liberal Leader Candidates:
- Martin Cauchon
- Deborah Coyne
- Martha Hall Findlay
- Karen McCrimmon
- Joyce Murray
- Justin Trudeau
Who do you think is going to win? It may seem like Trudeau has the upper hand right now, but until all the votes are in, you never know what might happen. Let me know what you think in the comments, or place your vote in the poll below.
That’s all for today. Tomorrow, I will present you all with m review of the second Sherlock Holmes story: The Red-Headed League, but until then, happy reading!