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Marc Garneau challenges Justin Trudeau


Marc Garneau issues a direct challenge to Justin Trudeau.

I believe this leadership race is the time for the party to vigorously debate the issues of importance to Liberals, to Canadians; to define where we stand as a party; and to select the person who can best lead us.

That’s the fundamental difference between Justin Trudeau and myself. Justin believes telling Canadians we need a ‘bold’ plan and a ‘clear vision’ without defining either is good enough. He speaks in vague generalities, and on his two key priorities – the middle-class and youth – he has presented no direction.

Susan Delacourt posts a transcript of Mr. Trudeau’s explanation for the lack of policy.

So the big difference, to my mind, is in what we actually see as a need for the Liberal party to do. Many of my colleagues are very much emphasizing their strengths around policy and their specific ideas and I’m actually frustrating both media pundits and a lot of others — not because I haven’t had a lot of very clear things to say, whether it be against the Northern Gateway pipeline, in favour of the legalization of marijuana, against strengthening the language laws in Quebec, various things that are … difficult issues for politicians to deal with.

But because I’m not going to be putting forward a comprehensive platform over the course of this leadership. And that’s because the Liberal party has gotten far too much in the habit of generating a platform by the leader and some very smart people around them, that they then turn to Liberals across the country and say ‘now go and sell this door to door.’ This leadership is the beginning of a platform-development process, not the end of it. And what we do around connecting and drawing in ideas from around the country, not just from Liberal circles, but from Canadians who are looking for a better option, right across the country, will be the big work we have to do over the coming months and even years leading up to 2015.


No more Mr. Nice Spaceman

  1. Elections are popularity contests…they have nothing to do with the ability of the candidate, or the needs of the country.

    It’s just ‘retail politics’.

    • It depends what makes a person popular, I guess. Why wouldn’t ability make a person popular?

      • LOL yeah right….the smart kids are the most popular ones, right?

  2. If anyone is going to fall for Trudeau’s “my vacuousness is my strength” message, it certainly will be Liberals. Maybe Libs have had enough of professor types with Dion and Iggy and now they are going to try something else.

    • Saying we don’t want brains in the knowledge age is about what I’d expect from Cons.

      • Just yesterday you were saying “not all conservatives are stupid people”, seems you’re painting them all with the same brush today.

        • The rest of the John Stuart Mill quote is ‘but most stupid people are conservatives’

          Kindly don’t waste any more time misquoting. I’m not interested in games.

          • Sure you’re interested in games. It’s only a waste of your time if you respond.
            You used a quote you don’t even believe. You quote that “not all conservatives are stupid people” yesterday, then say today you expect stupidity from conservatives. Cognitive. Dissonance.

          • Kay…..you want to arse around, do it by yourself. Ciao.

          • Once again with the nervous shuffle and disappearance when proven wrong.

          • Ahhh you and Yanni the farmer tag-teaming in a grudge match. LOL

            Sorry, ‘e’ for effort, but still no sale.

          • You are just doing your usual SIDEstep and quick exit.

    • More Brazeaus!

    • So when the party leads from above, critics like you exclaim about how it’s because they don’t engage regular members and everything gets passed down from on high that they’re failing.

      Now when we have a candidate who’s saying he wants to listen to the party members to develop formal policy, you start exclaiming about how not having a fully formed set of policies is “vacuousness”.

      Damned if you do, damned if you don’t kind of situation isn’t it?

  3. If any of the leadership candidates were to truly challenge Trudeau, I’d have bet on Garneau. The reason being that at 64 years of age, he’s the least likely to care about a cabinet position in a future Trudeau led government.

    • He has two teenagers at home.

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