I don't know how Justin Trudeau does it. Less than two days ago he was in Japan attending the G7 summit.
But there he was in Winnipeg yesterday, putting his leadership on the line.
Addressing the faithful at the Liberal convention.
And making Canadian political history.
By changing the Liberal constitution to try to turn the party into a political movement,
Reflecting on last fall's electoral victory, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a hall full of happy partisans in Winnipeg on Saturday that "we're here because we reconnected to Canadians."
In hopes of further expanding their reach, he appealed to delegates to adopt a new party constitution that would eliminate the fee required to join the Liberal Party. And that appeal was resoundingly endorsed.
Under the provisions of the new constitution anyone willing to register for free as a Liberal will be allowed to vote in nomination and leadership contests, attend conventions and take part in policy development.
Because nobody should underestimate the possible impact of that move. And although some traditionalists are moaning and groaning,Trudeau is right.
"We have grown into a confident, mature, open movement — united and focused on what matters to Canadians and to our future," he said. "But the party constitution we have today is a product of the era we worked so hard, together, to put behind us. The era of factional battles and hyphenated Liberals. Of regional chieftains and behind-the-scenes power-brokers. Of the closed, insular thinking that almost killed this party. That is the constitution we need to replace."
The era of the traditional party is over, and is being replaced by the rise of political movements.
Like the one Bernie Sanders has been building in the United States...
For only a progressive movement can attract the support of the rising millennial generation, and only a movement can effect real change.
And of course if Trudeau is successful in attracting more young voters, like the ones who helped him win the last election. As well as other voters who are looking for real change.
He should just about finish off the NDP...
Who like their leader, and the Cons, remain stuck in the past.
Thee last time the Liberals opened their doors, they gained 300,000 new followers. Imagine how many more they could gain before the next election.
And how a popular young leader like Trudeau might be able to use a movement like that one, to win one election after the other. Even if the Cons sabotage plans for electoral reform.
Of course, I didn't like EVERYTHING Justin had to say at the Liberal convention. Like the bit about Stephen Harper and his Cons:
"We need to remember that even though they may be our opponents, they're not our enemies. They're our neighbours and our friends,'' he said.
"Even if you weren't a fan of his politics, there can be no doubting Stephen Harper's commitment to our country," he said. "I ask you to join me in thanking him for his many years of public service."
For after the way Harper went after him...
And after what that depraved political pervert did to our country.
My reaction to those generous words was similar to Bob Rae's reaction.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered rare praise Saturday for Conservative predecessor Stephen Harper but at least one Liberal elder statesman found it a bit hard to swallow. Bob Rae was caught on video sticking two fingers in his mouth, pretending to gag.
Because although Justin has the ability to disarm his opponents, with his natural and very Canadian decency. And nobody can argue with success.
Our latest survey of Canadian public opinion shows broadly positive impressions of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, six months after his election victory.
At the top of the list of positive perceptions: “he projects a good image of Canada around the world” (79%), “he’s intelligent” (85%) he”sets a good example for young people in Canada” (77%), “genuinely cares about other people” (81%), “works hard at his job (81%) tries to do the right thing for the country” (86%), “open to new ideas, willing to listen to others” (78%).
The truth is Stephen Harper WAS a monster who deserves no tribute whatsoever, just the everlasting contempt of Canadians.
And the Cons are not our friends they're our mortal enemies...
Rona Ambrose and her Cons are just as depraved and disgusting as the Harper Cons.
And if we don't destroy them first, they could still destroy him, and our country.
But then I'm sure that new movement is intended to do just that.
Justin Trudeau, playing chess while his
And leading his party to where no party has gone before...
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