Trudeaumania revived in Bay Roberts
Justin Trudeau gets celebrity style reception at Liberal event
Liberal MP Justin Trudeau received an enthusiastic reception in Bay Roberts last week during a brief stop in the Conception Bay North town, with many of the estimated 400 people who attended an event at the Royal Canadian Legion describing the son of former prime minister and Canadian political icon Pierre Trudeau as the future of the party.
The 39-year-old MP from the Montreal riding of Papineau was especially popular with the ladies, with many lining up for an opportunity to have their photos taken with Trudeau, whose good looks, charm and family roots have made him a Canadian media personality.
“I only came here because he’s so cute,” said one woman, clutching her camera after having successfully posed with Trudeau.
Breakfast with supporters
Trudeau was a guest of Avalon MP Scott Andrews at his annual pancake breakfast. And it was a full house at the Legion as Liberals from the area gathered in large numbers for the first time since the party’s disappointing results in the May 2 federal election, which saw the party win just 34 seats.
Trudeau and Andrews are the only two Liberal MPs under the age of 40, and have signalled their intentions to play an active part in the party’s rebuilding process.
Trudeau said that can only happen at the grassroots, with all Liberals working toward a balanced, common sense approach to wealth and prosperity in the country.
“Reconnecting in Legion halls and community centres and church basements and living rooms and kitchens across the country is how we rebuild the party,” he said during an interview.
Trudeau is constantly asked about his political ambitions, and many observers have marked him as a potential leadership candidate.
Trudeau will not dismiss the idea, but with two small children, he said any thoughts of higher office are well into the future.
“I’m not too focused on what happens at the top. I’m more focused on things from the ground up,” he said. “I’m obviously very much focused … on that balance of trying to make a better world for my family, but still trying to be around for my family.”
Trudeau was reminded of his father’s historic visit to Bay Roberts in the late 1960s by people like 90-year-old Eric Dawe, who helped organize the visit.
Trudeau said he learned a great deal from his father.
“I got to see how much politics can be a force for good in the world, and it’s always nice to be reminded of that,” he said.
‘ Wonderful man’
It may have only been 90 minutes or so, but Trudeau was a huge hit in Bay Roberts, with young and old scrambling for a moment of his time.
Trudeau was gracious and patient, at one point removing his jacket because it was getting so warm in the room.
“He should carry on just like his father did,” said Port de Grave resident Audrey Thompson. “I think he’s a wonderful man.”
When pressed about why she felt so strongly about the younger Trudeau, Thompson added with a grin, “maybe cause he’s so good lookin’.”
Her husband, John Thompson, was more businesslike in his response, stating simply, “ he’s doing his job.”
Judy Morrow, the president of the provincial Liberal party, was also unrestrained in her endorsement of Trudeau.
“I think Mr. Trudeau certainly would be an outstanding leadership candidate for the future, and I certainly hope that’s something he’s prepared to consider,” Morrow said.
“He’s certainly got a lot of appeal. He’s certainly got a lot of Liberal roots. He’s somebody the party is looking toward in the future as taking on a potential leadership role.”
Liberal MP Justin Trudeau (left) poses with party supporter Renee Snow as Snow’s son, Chrisophter, takes a photo. Trudeau received an enthusiastic reception in Bay Roberts last week