25 November 2006

Trudeau Endorses Gerard Kennedy

It just feels good to say that. Or write it, as the case may be.

"To my mind, Gerard represents the best chance for creating genuine solutions to appeal to all Canadians,” Mr. Trudeau said in a telephone interview from Calgary.

He said he had talked to the top candidates and found them to be decent people but said that the party needs bold leadership and “there is really one choice and that's Gerard.”

Now, Justin is not his father and he hasn't earned the same respect his father has. But he is a Quebecker and I do think he has a good understanding of Quebec in a federalist sense, and I think that makes this a very valuable endorsement for a man whose greatest weakness has been his lack of Quebec presence.

Justin also seems to emphasize something I very much believe in, which is that Quebeckers are normal, sensible people and the vast majority of them will be happy in a Canada that works and works well. Using government to create "genuine solutions that appeal to all Canadians" is the way to win Quebec, not interminable legal and semantic wranglings. It's this common-sense, hard-working approach that distinguishes Gerard Kennedy from the other candidates, and it's one that will be great for Canada.


Blogger DivaRachel said...


November 25, 2006  
Blogger Steve V said...

Pretty gutsy endorsement too. A few days before the convention, when many are dismissing Kennedy, Trudeau obviously goes with his heart and that says alot about Kennedy's message.

November 25, 2006  
Blogger JenB said...


Do you *really* believe that JT's endorsement of Kennedy means any more than any other Quebecker?

I have a hard time believing that it does.

November 26, 2006  
Blogger Gavin Magrath said...

JenB - to be honest I don't know the guy and I don't think much of valuing someone's opinion because you valued their father's opinion.

But I am in the minority in this, and I still absolutely believe JT's endorsement means more than most. The ednorsement of you average Quebcker, for example, is not front page national news.

Also, my people have been in discussions with the *other* JT about an endorsement - I hope to be able to announce Mr. Sexy Back himself for GK at the convention!

November 26, 2006  

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