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Justin Trudeau to seek Liberal leadership

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The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Sep. 26 2012, 7:22 AM EDT

Last updated Wednesday, Sep. 26 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

Montreal MP Justin Trudeau, the son of a popular former prime minister, will announce next week that he wants to lead the Liberal Party of Canada.

Mr. Trudeau will announce his candidacy on Oct. 2 in his Quebec riding of Papineau, a Liberal source told the Globe and Mail. That followed reports in La Presse and Radio-Canada.

Wednesday is caucus day on Parliament Hill, where MPs spend the morning behind closed doors with their respective colleagues.

“I am pleased to hear all of the buzz and all the interest in the Liberal Party’s fortune, but I have nothing to announce,” Mr. Trudeau said with a smile, after a meeting of the Liberal caucus.

As he left, he told to reporters: “I will let you know when I have something.”

The 40-year-old former school teacher has represented the Montreal riding since 2008. He is his party's critic for youth, sports and post-secondary education.

While the Liberals held majority and minority governments for most of the 16 years Pierre Trudeau led the party, it fell to third place in the 2011 election and was reduced to 35 seats in Parliament.

The race to replace interim Liberal leader Bob Rae officially begins Nov. 14 and ends April 14, 2013.

Toronto lawyer Deborah Coyne, the mother of Pierre Trudeau's only daughter, was the first to announce she will seek the party's nomination. There has been speculation around possible bids from other Liberal MPs, including Marc Garneau, Dominic Leblanc and David McGuinty.

The party recently announced that leadership candidates would have to pay a $75,000 entry fee and their campaign spending would be capped at $950,000. The spending limit is almost double that set by the NDP in their leadership race.

Delegates to the Liberal convention earlier this year changed some of the rules of the race to broaden the participation beyond Liberal Party members. They added a supporter category that would allow someone to vote for Liberal leader without having to formally join the party or pay a fee.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/justin-trudeau-to-seek-liberal-leadership/article4568675/

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This is ballsy on his part. The Liberals are looking a lot like a sinking ship right now, so I'm surprised he isn't waiting to see how they're fairing.

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This is bold. This also has the potential to strike up the younger vote in Canada. The NDP kind of tries to go after the young vote, but not in the same way the democrats have successfully done in the 'States. With Clinton, JFK, and Obama, they were all able to capture the young vote.

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This ultimately could lead to a split center-left vote again and another Conservative government. Personally I very much want to see the centrist federal Liberal party rise again from the ashes. This country needs a strong, balanced party again.

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Why would you put a guy like Trudeau in when the LPC is in shambles, coming off its worst defeat in recent memory, and in need of a major repair?

How is Trudeau going to fix what Dion and Iggy failed to do?

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Why would you put a guy like Trudeau in when the LPC is in shambles, coming off its worst defeat in recent memory, and in need of a major repair?

How is Trudeau going to fix what Dion and Iggy failed to do?

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Sweet stuff.

This will make the Liberals great once again.

If elected, would he be the youngest PM ever?

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Why would you put a guy like Trudeau in when the LPC is in shambles, coming off its worst defeat in recent memory, and in need of a major repair?

How is Trudeau going to fix what Dion and Iggy failed to do?

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I'd vote for him.

If he desires to be, he will be Prime Minister one day no problem.

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He's a bit young. He will not be the next PM of Canada but the election after next he would have a chance.

Good time to announce his candidacy. This will give him time to grow as a leader.

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He's a bit young. He will not be the next PM of Canada but the election after next he would have a chance.

Good time to announce his candidacy. This will give him time to grow as a leader.

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Watch for a blending of the NDP and LPC into one center-left unit to kick Harper down south into some neo-con think tank ..

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With a user name like yours, shouldn't this be obvious to you?

The only thing that can save the Liberal party is a strong leader right now.

His last name alone will get people's attention, it's up to him to do the rest.

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Hope this doesn't end up splitting the votes in Quebec...(assuming of course Trudeau wins the leadership race)

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You can call it nepotism but it's in his genes. If has half the style and charisma of the old man he can pull the party out of the ditch. What I've seen so far he has it going on. Trudeaumania II coming soon.

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So what is the difference between the Liberals and the NDP?

The only difference I could see between them is NDP's tie to Big Labour.

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Meh, JFK was considered young at 44. Didn't stop him from being a great leader.

I don't know where this idea came from that a good leader has to 50 years or old. Seems to me, the older a person gets, the more set in their ways they get. That's not what I want in a leader.

Canada needs new blood in leadership. Not the old tired politics that have played out forever. People in Canada are slowly getting tired of Harper's act.

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I'd vote for him.

If he desires to be, he will be Prime Minister one day no problem.

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How is Trudeau going to fix what Dion and Iggy failed to do?

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