Trudeau still pop­u­lar, and on the right track

RE: Trudeau a card­board cutout (Feb. 13)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

Phil Ro­maker ques­tions my au­then­tic­ity and won­ders if I am re­ally Justin Trudeau writ­ing un­der a pseu­do­nym. Trust me, I am real and have writ­ten other Spec let­ters to the ed­i­tor be­fore.

Ro­maker has a hard time be­liev­ing that there are still any Trudeau sup­port­ers left in Canada. Our PM’s ap­proval rat­ing is al­most 60 per cent which is con­sid­ered still very high given his time in of­fice and the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions that he has had to make. Yes he did ap­prove two pipe­lines, but he also re­jected oth­ers. Yes the deficit is higher than pre­dicted but the econ­omy has re­bounded now with the fastest growth in two years. A 3.5 per cent rise in gross do­mes­tic prod­uct in the last quar­ter is much higher than any econ­o­mist ever pre­dicted. Yes elec­toral re­form has been shelved for now be­cause Cana­di­ans are more in­ter­ested in a strong econ­omy, job cre­ation and re­spect for hu­man rights, is­sues that Trudeau has ex­celled at.

Elec­toral re­form, as planned, could al­low fringe parties like the Al­berta Wil­drose Party to hold the bal­ance of power in close elec­tions. There is still no con­sen­sus on what Cana­di­ans want re­gard­ing this is­sue and more re­search still is needed be­fore a new elec­toral sys­tem is im­ple­mented. The first-past-the-post vot­ing sys­tem, where the first party to win a ma­jor­ity of seats gets to form the gov­ern­ment, will re­main for now. Carl Fi­amelli, Ancaster

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