Justin Trudeau elected new Liberal leader in landslide with 80% of vote

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OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau has been elected to lead the federal Liberal party in a resounding first-ballot win.

Trudeau, eldest son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau and the Liberals’ undisputed star, swept 80% of the vote in a final field of six candidates.

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Justin Trudeau has made no apologies for offering little in the way of substantive policy prescriptions during the Liberal leadership race.

Indeed, Trudeau has argued it’s not the leader’s role to hand down commandments from on high to grassroots Liberals. Instead, he’s promised that if he becomes leader, he would develop the party’s platform from the bottom up, based on consultations from Liberals in particular and Canadians in general.

During the leadership campaign, Trudeau launched a “soapbox” feature on his website in a bid to encourage policy input from average folks.

“This campaign is about conversations, not one-way monologues,” he said…

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