Hate Justin but don't ignore him
I'm not sure why people think I am cheering for Justin Trudeau. I'm not even cheering for the Liberals. But I bring him up because it would be foolish to ignore him.
On Sunday it was revealed that 150 thousand people have signed up to support Trudeau in the Liberal leadership race. These aren't party memberships; there's no cards going out or cash coming in. But these are people motivated enough to go to Justin's website and provide their e-mail address. Thousands of them have also offered to volunteer to work on the campaign now and when we eventually have an election. That's 150 thousand just for Trudeau. Later on Monday the figures for the other candidates will be released. Bear in mind, this is in addition to whatever number of actual members the party has. For comparison it's thought (they wont say for sure) that the Conservatives have 250 thousand members.
It's easy to make fun of Justin. He looks younger than he is and has a boyish exuberance. But this constant harping on his lack of experience and emptiness is a bit of a stretch. At this point in his career Justin has just as much parliamentary and working experience as Stephen Harper had when he was elected leader. And to harp on the fact that Justin was "just a teacher" suggests a pretty low regard for the people we trust our kids to. Harper was an anti tax lobbyest not exactly the most real world job around.As for his lack of positions, Justin has weighed in on education, the environment, federal-provincial transfers, the oil sands and Quebec just to name a few files.
There was another guy they called a young empty vessel and little more than a celebrity candidate. Barack Obama has beat the Republicans handily two times in a row. Maybe time to stop thinking it's just because voters are delirious children.