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Postby loyalbomberfan » Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:52 pm

Andrea Janus, CTVNews.ca
Published Sunday, April 14, 2013 10:57AM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, April 14, 2013 10:57PM EDT


Justin Trudeau won the Liberal leadership in a landslide first-ballot victory Sunday night and will lead the third-place party into the next federal election.

Trudeau, the 41-year-old MP for the Montreal riding of Papineau, was declared Liberal Party leader with nearly 80 per cent of the vote at an event in Ottawa Sunday evening.

“My fellow Liberals, it is with great respect for those who have stood in this place before me and great resolve to do the hard work that is required in front of us that I accept with great humility the confidence you have placed in me,” Trudeau told a cheering crowd of Liberals at a downtown Ottawa hotel.



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Justin Trudeau takes the stage as leader of the Liberal Party in Ottawa, Sunday April 14, 2013. (Fred Chartrand / THE CANADIAN PRESS)




The remaining leadership candidates stand on stage during the Federal Liberal leadership announcement in Ottawa Sunday April 14, 2013 . (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Liberal MP Joyce Murray, who used her campaign to push for electoral co-operation with the NDP and the Green Party to defeat the Conservatives in the next election, came a distant second with 10 per cent of the vote.

"There's many Canadians that felt that would be the way forward,” Murray said of her electoral plan.

“Clearly, we have a leader that has a different strategy and I'm going to be supporting Justin as part of his team.”

Not long before Trudeau’s victory was announced, the party said that 104,552 votes were cast over the past week, putting online and phone-in voter turnout at 82 per cent.

“Fantastic participation,” Liberal Party President Mike Crawley tweeted. “Congrats to all who voted.”

Of the votes cast:
• Trudeau received 81,389
• Murray received 12,148
• Martha Hall Findlay received 6,585
• Martin Cauchon received 1,630
• Deborah Coyne received 833
• Karen McCrimmon received 757

Trudeau will jump right into the job Monday when Parliament returns after a two-week break. His party will also get to work trying to turn the some 300,000 new members and supporters who signed up during the leadership race into active participants in the party’s rebuilding process.

“My friends, this is the last stop of this campaign, but it is the very first stop of the next one,” Trudeau said to cheers.

While Canadians are still two years away from an election, recent polls show Liberals on a steady upward trajectory since Trudeau announced his intention to enter the race last fall.

Recent polls suggest Trudeau would lead the Liberals to victory over the Tories if an election were held today.

“Canadians want to be led, not ruled. They are tired of the negative, divisive politics of Mr. Harper's Conservatives, and unimpressed that the NDP, under Mr. Mulcair, have decided that if you can’t beat them, you might as well join them,” Trudeau said.

"We are fed up with leaders who pit Canadians against Canadians, West against East, rich against poor, Quebec against the rest of the country, urban against rural and any other division that you can find in this country. Canadians are looking to us, my friends."

Prior to the announcement, former prime minister Jean Chretien told the crowd that, “Under a new Liberal leader, the best is yet to come.”

Later Chretien declared: “Today marks the beginning of the end of this Conservative government.”

Former interim leader Bob Rae also addressed the crowd and referred to Prime Minister Stephen Harper as “the interim prime minister.”

Shortly after Trudeau’s victory was announced, the Conservative party issued a statement offering congratulations to the new Liberal leader, and then accused him of lacking experience.

"Justin Trudeau may have a famous last name, but in a time of global economic uncertainty, he doesn't have the judgment or experience to be prime minister," said Conservative spokesperson Fred DeLorey.

Political analysts say that while Trudeau has the potential to alter the Canadian political landscape, the change would mainly come at the expense of the NDP.

“Where the Liberals and Justin Trudeau have the advantage is they can say: ‘We represent change that isn’t scary,’” Gerry Nicholls told CTV’s Question Period on Sunday. “We have a leader that has a last name that everyone is familiar with. We have a party that people are comfortable with and we have a leader who, let’s face it, is as cute as a button.”

Nicholls said while Harper doesn’t have the “star power” Trudeau enjoys, his strength lies in his economic record.

“(Harper) can go to Canadians and say: ‘Look, I’m the confident economic manager and that’s what we need as we head into the rough economic waters. We need someone who can be trusted to handle the economy.’ And that’s a message that resonates certainly with the Conservatives party base,” Nicholls said.

In Quebec, where the NDP won 58 of the province’s 75 seats in the 2011 election, the Liberals have the potential to gain significant influence, according to political analyst Jean Lapierre.

“Those NDP members that were elected here … haven’t really created any traction for themselves,” he said.

In his speech, Trudeau spoke directly to Quebecers, asking them to set aside the old debates over sovereignty and to join him in rebuilding the party.

"The time has come for us to write a new chapter in the history of our country," he exhorted.

"Let's leave to others the old quarrels and old debates that lead nowhere. Let's leave to others the ultra-partisan rhetoric and the old ways of doing politics."

Lapierre pointed out that the Liberals have much work ahead of them to rebuild the party, which was reduced to a mere 34 seats in 2011. But, he said, “I don’t think (Trudeau) can do that by himself.”

Former leadership candidate Marc Garneau, who dropped out of the race last month, said he is ready to help repair the Liberal brand. In an interview with CTV News Channel, Garneau reiterated the pledge he made when he quit the race to be a “loyal soldier” for the next leader.

“We have a leader now who inspires Canadians, who speaks to hope, who is bringing in a lot of people who were perhaps cynical. This is a great moment for the Liberal party,” Garneau told CTV’s Kevin Newman.

“I will pour my heart and soul into the Liberal Party and do what my leader wants me to do.”

For the vote tally, the party gave all 308 ridings equal weight at 100 points. Points were awarded to each candidate according to their share of the votes.

Of 30,800 points available, Trudeau won with 24,668.

Trudeau told CTV that when he first saw his winning numbers, his first thought went not to his wife, his kids or his late father, but to his campaign volunteers who “pulled it off.

“I am just amazed at how hard Canadians right across this country have worked to try to put forward a different kind of politics.”


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Postby Colin Unger » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:35 pm

So much for having a strong NDP.
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Postby basslicker » Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:33 pm

Not bad for a guy running on his name recognition.
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Postby road griller » Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:36 pm

Next election, Con minority. Following election will be Justin's.

Trudeau or Goltz, not sure which one yet....
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Postby EastSideRocks » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:30 am

Colin Unger wrote:So much for having a strong NDP.


Jack Layton was the NDP and with his unfortunate passing. The Liberals are going to make up a lot of ground on the PCs the next election. This also gives the liberals youth which will be a big plus as well for attracting the young voters.

This makes politics a lot more interesting in Canada.
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Postby Firstname_Lastname » Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:48 pm

Where's my post, let them google it for themselves.

Whoever deleted it, you will be judged for your part in hiding the truth. Have fun burning in hell.
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Postby max power » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:05 am

Firstname_Lastname wrote:Where's my post, let them google it for themselves.

Whoever deleted it, you will be judged for your part in hiding the truth. Have fun burning in hell.


Who would enjoy that? Not me.

Anyways, congratulations to our very own Obama Jr. He will be swept into power and will continue the destruction of our Country that his father couldn't quite complete. Honour killings for everyone!
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Postby sfk32 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:01 am

max power wrote:
Firstname_Lastname wrote:Where's my post, let them google it for themselves.

Whoever deleted it, you will be judged for your part in hiding the truth. Have fun burning in hell.


Who would enjoy that? Not me.

Anyways, congratulations to our very own Obama Jr. He will be swept into power and will continue the destruction of our Country that his father couldn't quite complete. Honour killings for everyone!


we could only hope it won't happen!
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Postby iso_55 » Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:22 am

Trudeau tried to sympathize with the two BM bombers. We should try to understand them, he said. No, we should kill them.
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Postby 17to85 » Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:34 pm

iso_55 wrote:Trudeau tried to sympathize with the two BM bombers. We should try to understand them, he said. No, we should kill them.


well that's a bit barbaric no? I for one would like to know the motivation behind this, sometimes you do need to understand why people do things like this in order to prevent them from happening again.

The whole killing someone back attitude is very draconian and really accomplishes nothing but sating the bloodlust some people apparently have.

Sympathizing with those people isn't right and the one that survived should be punished, but knowing the reasons for doing it is important I think.
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Postby Firstname_Lastname » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:01 pm

DON'T VOTE FOR THIS PIECE OF CRAP!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qKps7uG6eM
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Postby Kelownabomberfan » Tue May 07, 2013 2:00 pm

EastSideRocks wrote:
Colin Unger wrote:So much for having a strong NDP.


Jack Layton was the NDP and with his unfortunate passing. The Liberals are going to make up a lot of ground on the PCs the next election. This also gives the liberals youth which will be a big plus as well for attracting the young voters.

This makes politics a lot more interesting in Canada.


Unless Trudeau moves the Liberals more to the center and away from where his useless predecessors Dion, Ignatieff and Rae moved the party, the only ground the Liberals are going to make up is ground lost to the NDP. The NDP is a useless awful party anyway, just can't stand Mulcair. The guy just lies constantly. If the Liberals are going to unseat the Conservatives, they have to not scare people with idiotic economic policies that make no sense.

I just hope that Justin isn't like his dad in that he promotes regionalization just to be elected. I hated the way the elder Trudeau pitted the West vs the East just so he could stay in power. Kind of what Mulcair is trying to do now, and failing miserably. Unite the regions, even though that is basically impossible when you have a spoiled baby Quebec constantly wanting to be treated as a special place that just takes and takes and takes.
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Postby road griller » Tue May 07, 2013 9:56 pm

The Cons are handing the next election to Justin. Honey, I Ate Everything better put a stop to the attack adds asap.

Paying to help the Libs, priceless....
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Postby Kelownabomberfan » Wed May 08, 2013 11:43 am

road griller wrote:The Cons are handing the next election to Justin. Honey, I Ate Everything better put a stop to the attack adds asap.

Paying to help the Libs, priceless....


I do agree that the attack ads are stupid. Not sure what the thinking is there. However, while there is a certain element of society that will vote for the Trudeau name due to either forgetting what a crappy PM his daddy was or being brain-washed by idiot teachers and the CBC for the past 30 years about the "Trudeau Legacy", there still remains a core centrist voter in this country that needs to feel that their government won't run amok with spending and stupid socialist policies. Those are the people Justin will have to placate.

Right now, JT doesn't have the experience or the strength to stand up to the foaming at the mouth leftist nuts in his own party to dictate centrist policy he needs to win, and as long as he keeps making stupid gaffes like the one he made with the Boston Bombers the Conservatives are going to have a field day making him look everything the centrist voter hates - weak, ineffectual, far too left-leaning in policy and just plain not ready for the job.
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