What did my mom predict back in 1971?
Let me whisk you back to Christmas Day, 1971. I am in the kitchen, about to sit down to dinner and listening to CJAD. We hear the news that Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s wife Margaret just had a baby named Justin.
My mom says “Mark my words. One day this Justin is going to be prime minister.” Mom might just turn out to be right. Yesterday Justin made it official.
Is he sincere? Does it have what it takes? Does he prefer cap 'n' trade over a carbon tax? All important questions. And every single one of them totally irrelevant. All of them swept away by a tsumani of celebrity. The launch posters yesterday did not herald the Liberal Party. They didn’t even use the name Trudeau. They didn’t need it. All they needed is one word – Justin. And they didn’t mean Timberlake.
Justin is a celebrity, glamorous and charismatic. With his wife, Sophie Gregoire, they are the incarnation of a Canadian Camelot. What about policy? Policy Shmolicy. The Liberal Party has virtually disintegrated and simply cannot come up with any substantial way to differentiate itself from the other parties.
That’s because unlike most other countries in the world, the political parties in this country all crowd the center. Center left. Center right. But Center.
Justin could put the Liberal Party back on the map. Media will be reporting his every utterance and he will became even more famous than he is already. He hopes to attract young people, the middle class and immigrants. He might very well appeal to those who have given up on voting.
How do the major party leaders feel about Justin? Harper is happy because the anti-Harper movement will be divided. Mulcair is miserable because Justin will be a big draw to many NDP voters.
Justin does not have the leadership yet. There may be a race or a coronation of the latest Liberal messiah. Justin twice won the riding of Papineau which was no easy task.
Would you vote for Justin? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.