Justin Trudeau is the Liberal party’s Hail Mary pass: Stephen Harper and Tom Mulcair, both smart, battle-tested warriors, will have him for a snack. Or he will go supernova. This is the argument. But it grows increasingly shaky, it seems to me, based on the available evidence.
Following another debate in Halifax Sunday, from which Trudeau emerged with nary a scratch to his Teflon waistcoat, this is what now becomes intriguing: the lengths to which the man’s detractors will go to discount his political skills, because of how he looks, and the spelling of his last name.
Trudeau is routinely castigated for lack of substance. In fact, he’s sticking to the classic leadership-race playbook, employed with success by Brian Mulroney and Jean Chretien in their time: Give the punters a broad, simple frame that defines where you stand on issues; get to know as many as you can; raise money…
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