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The makings of Trudeau policy and what he stands for

In my own humble (and admittedly partisan) opinion, I think Justin Trudeau has had a good week. First, he strongly criticized the PQ intention of banning religious headgear from Quebec government institutions etc, calling that going against Canadian values and rights (right in step with how his father would have reacted to this), and then he had the upfront, honest interview of how he had dabbled in pot even as an MP, setting off a predictable torrent from the Conservatives (which I suspect he anticipated and perhaps even wanted).

I would argue that both stances will help, not hurt his reputation with a good portion of what we call the moderate Canadian voter.. not just standing up for rights, but being onside with an issue that seems to have majority support amongst Canadians. He seems to have a certain immunity against being branded/defined by Conservative attack ads, as were his 2 LPC leader predecessors; most people know about JT and more importantly about his father’s legacy. Putting stuff like this out in the public eye will further let people make their own definition of Trudeau and make those dreaded CPC “attack” ads that will resurface perhaps less effective.

(This poll from Nanos didn’t hurt his week either – yes the election is 2 years away still, but I’d rather be in first then last).


7 comments to The makings of Trudeau policy and what he stands for

  • Phelix Unger

    I agree with Scott here, the smoking pot thing is better that its out front and in the open, as for its legality well, I’ve been known to inbibe at times. Pot smokers, relax and that’s about the end of that. As for the poison pen above about breaking the law, ask Mr. Harper where 3 billion of Canadian’s hard earned money went, because that is one big chunk of change not to account for, how about when Mr. Harper created the watchdog to oversee where the money is going in Canadian society isn’t allowed to question the people who gave him the job. Our own scientists can’t tell us what’s going on in the environment because they have been gagged by the federal government. How about changing the waterway protection act simply to facilitate pipe lines across the country. Lower taxes on corporations and oh yeah the really good one drop the GST to shore up his support in the conservative heartland of Alberta where there is no sales tax. Government interference in labour contracts, in the banking systems. Then the helicopters and the jet fighters. There will lots of ammo come election time.

    • kwittet

      Phelix…i agree with you about missing money only. But instead of painting Just Harper with the billions that have disappeared we should be asking the last ten federal leaders where billions upon billions have disappeared too. Harper certainly is not alone in leaders that have lost money on their watch, Every one of them is guilty.
      I will put forward this idea….and every one can take a shot at what they think.
      I say in the next Federal Election that there be a referendum question asking Canadians…Do you approve a law making it ILLEGAL for any federal government to run a deficit and make such deficit spending punishable by a prison term.
      The one exception would be disasters inside Canada where Canadians need assistance.
      The problem is that they cant manage money and that is all parties. If they were in the private sector their asses would be out the door so dam fast.
      The spending needs to be reeled in. Plain and simple.

      • Phelix Unger

        Nope going to jail for a deficit is not going to stop us from going into deficit. I would like the ability of any riding in the country to recall their elected official though. One other thing would be to let Canadians vote at their workplaces, I believe we would have a much larger turnout come election day, if you can bank online then you should be able to vote online at work. If not use ballot boxes and have them picked up at the end of the day by election Canada officials.

  • kwittet

    I cant believe this whole post and what every one is saying. Lets cut to the chase.
    So here we have an elected official who swore an oath to uphold the position that he was elected to do and to follow the laws of Canada and then he admits to breaking the very laws he swore to uphold. And before you say I am biased I don’t give a shit who it is…even Harper
    To me this shows a blatant disregard for our laws and a slap in the face to the people and the laws of Canada.
    Oh he has guts alright…but if he will break this law how can we trust him to not break other laws.
    I work in a extreme safety sensitive job and am subjected to random drug tests. If i screw up I could essentially wipe a small town off the map and kill hundreds of people within a one kilometre distance.
    Is now ok for me to disregard the law and get high because one politician decides the the law is a joke?
    So the message he sends to every one is that it is ok.
    What a idiot.
    I was seriously hoping that this young man would bring something fresh to the table in our political system that needs a serious injection of reform.
    He is no better than Dalton Mcguinty, Mike Duffy and Mac Harb, Judy Sgro, John Cannis and Wayne Easter ( and many many more) who are amongst a few politicians who from both parties that have run afoul of Canadian laws.

  • jrkrideau

    My god! He does not drink coffee? Despicable. I am seriously reassessing my opinion of him.

    On the other hand saying that he had smoked pot made the Cons look like the bunch of hypocites they are. 🙂

  • Can’t see that Trudeau is message-controlled enough to deliberately admit smoking a joint as MP. But the messaging in the wake of the Conservative outrage was perfectly controlled. I’m not a fan of the man as a politician (too conservative for me) but he has flair, he can speak and Canadians like him. Yes, he’s had a good week. But it’s early and there’s plenty of time for Trudeau to slip up in ways from which he can’t recover. He makes me nervous unlike Mulcair who is too bland to say anything too outrageous.

  • ottlib

    He made one hell of an admission.

    To admit he does not drink coffee.

    That is something you do after you leave office not while you are still in it.

    I admire his honesty.

    As well, as someone who also does not drink coffee I find I can hold my head just a little higher now.

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