Trudeau­ma­nia re­vived in Bay Roberts

Justin Trudeau gets celebrity style re­cep­tion at Lib­eral event

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRY ROBERTS

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

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