Is Justin Trudeau Canada’s Obama?

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau tries to present himself as a man of the people.  Is he really naive?

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau tries to present himself as a man of the people. Is he really naive?

The Liberal Party of Canada is holding it’s convention this week and Justin Trudeau’s speech on the opening night seems to be synchronized with that of President Obama. It offers hope and little substance. Does that mean that Justin Trudeau is working on becoming Canada’s Obama? The son of former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, certainly has the celebrity status, but does he have the experience to steer Canada?

According to recent polls, where the Liberals have taken an eight point lead over the governing Conservatives, indicate that substance is immaterial. Like President Obama, Trudeau presents himself as the champion of the middle class. With a current 37% over the Conservative Party’s 29% and the New Democrats 24%, if an an election was held today, Justin Trudeau would at minimum form a minority government. The election, however is still over a year away and the political landscape can change.

Trudeau’s message this year is “Hope and Hard Work.” Trudeau emphasis that we as a country have a problem. The middle class, according to the liberal leader is in trouble and hasn’t had real raise in 30 years, while household debt has increased. Coupled with that the household debt of Canadian has exploded.

Interestingly enough, the highest household debt is in Alberta, but Albertans also have the best record of meeting their obligations. So is household debt really a measure of anything? In Alberta it certainly doesn’t appear to be.

Trudeau’s message is very much the same as that of President Obama. In his speech on Thursday night he also talked about inequality and a requirement to give everyone a fair chance. Sound familiar. It does to this writer, five years of working for the middle class has shown in the United States that the economy is still slow, more people are falling between the cracks and President continues to follow that course and continues to blame everyone but himself for the slow growth.

In Montreal this year, the message is a little different, and a little less wonky. The short version is literally written on the walls – “hope and hard work” – but Trudeau gave a more nuanced iteration during his speech Thursday evening: “that if we do not give everyone a real and fair chance to succeed, then we are not living up to this country’s basic premise.”

“You see,” Trudeau continued, “we have a real problem. The middle class is in trouble. People haven’t had a real raise in 30 years, while inequality has increased and household debt has exploded.”

Source: CTV News

While those cliches sound great, it is time for the Liberal Party and Justin Trudeau to present a little more substance. “Hope and Change” has brought a lot of change to our southern neighbour but has diminished little hope.

Trudeau’s convention motto is that together Canadian will prove conservatives wrong and Canadians are counting on the Liberals. He finishes by saying “Let them know, we won’t let them down. We owe it to them.”

It’s time for the Liberal Party and Justin Trudeau to put their money where their mouth is. “Show us the beef.” Give us a little less rhetoric with cliches.

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Karl Gotthardt - Politisite Managing Editor Maj. Gotthardt is a Retired Military Officer with 35 years service in the Canadian Armed Forces. He spent most of his time in the Military in Infantry Battalions. Karl took part in training for Afghanistan as an Operator Analyst with the Canadian Maneouvre Training Centre. Karl is a qualified military parachutist and military free fall parachutist. He earned his U.S. Master Jump Wings in Fort Benning, Georgia. Karl enjoys working with horses for the last 24 year. He owns six. He has experience in breeding, training and of course riding.Karl was born in Germany and is fluent in both English and German and he speaks enough French to "get in trouble". Karl has written or writes at NowPublic, All Voices, Tek Journalism and many others.

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