Pope Francis and Justin Trudeau rise to the top

Tease the day: The new pope and the presumptive Liberal leader face enormous expectations


Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica after being elected by the conclave of cardinals, at the Vatican, March 13, 2013.

We’re all waking up to the coronation, so to speak, of two men this morning: Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who was elected Pope Francis by his peers in the Sistine Chapel; and Justin Trudeau, who’s all but won the leadership of the Liberal Party now that a main rival has dropped out of the race. On the other side of the same news stories are two men, both named Marc: Ouellet, the Canadian cardinal who was thought to be a contender for the papacy; and Garneau, who was at least a serious alternative to Trudeau’s candidacy.

Jorge and Justin have oodles of eyes now watching their every move (nothing new for Trudeau, to be sure). As for Marc and Marc, they face disappointment and relief. In Ouellet’s case, a hometown cheered on its favourite son in a losing cause while Ouellet’s own family breathed easy knowing they wouldn’t lose him to the Vatican. In Garneau’s case, there’s more disappointment than relief: he’d campaigned hard as the perceived alternative to the popular Trudeau. But at least the pressure’s off.

A man formerly named Jorge is now instantly famous. A man named Justin already was, at least in his own country. And two men named Marc remain household names, probably for the rest of their lives. Not a bad consolation.

What’s above the fold this morning?

The Globe and Mail leads with the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio—or, as he’s now known, Pope Francis—as the new pontiff. The National Post fronts the election of Pope Francis, the cardinal “no one expected” to win. The Toronto Star goes above the fold with Francis as a pope who “fills reformers with hope.” The Ottawa Citizen leads with Francis, the first pope from the Americas. iPolitics fronts the NDP’s suggestion that Conservatives could be doing more in Syria. CBC.ca leads with Pope Francis’ first full day on the job. National Newswatch showcases Greg Weston’s CBC column about the Liberal Party’s bickering in the lead-up to Justin Trudeau’s probable victory during the ongoing leadership race.

Stories that will be (mostly) missed

1. Rigged contracts. Senior bureaucrats involved in shady procurement practices at the Canada School of Public Service have been suspended in the wake of a damning report by the procurement ombudsman. 2. Paid-donor plasma. The federal government shouldn’t allow private clinics to pay donors for plasma, say a group of doctors worried about the privatization of Canada’s healthcare system.
3. Charbonneau commission. Quebec’s opposition parties are now backing a proposed extension of the ongoing inquiry investigating corruption in the province’s construction industry.
4. Tsunami cleanup. The Japanese government donated $1 million to Canada to contribute to efforts to clean up debris from the disastrous 2011 tsunami that washed up on B.C.’s coastline.

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Pope Francis and Justin Trudeau rise to the top

  1. Trudeau famous in his own country? Only in the media’s mind. Go across the country and ask a sampling of 20-35 year-olds who Justin Trudeau is and you’ll draw a blank stare. It amazed me when I did that but it’s a fact. Of course, those people wouldn’t bother to vote either, which of course is the majority of younger people. Come election 2015, you’ll see another majority for Harper, because the people who care and vote, in general, support him.

    • I believe that there will be many more interested voters in the next election, because Canadians in general are fed up with Steve and company’s overall treatment of Canada. At this point ANYONE would be a better choice than the CONS. Steve’s days as PM are coming to an end even if he manages to balance the budget that he unbalanced in the first place.

      • I suppose the NDP and Libs would have done a better job in the face of the 2008 meltdown? Wasn’t the Liberal fudged, “balanced” budget done at the cost of many cuts, specially using EI funds for general use? Keep dreaming.

        • Yes. The Libs had not only paid down on the national debt, and eliminated the deficit, they had a huge surplus, remember?

          Harper blew it on trivia and vote-buying. Then he cut the GST to be ‘popular’

          So when the crisis hit….it was far worse than it needed to be. Still is.

  2. How about the truth for
    a change?

    Who is this hypocrite
    Trudeau? What does he really stand for?

    “Let me say
    very clearly that I support Bill 101,” Trudeau said Thursday.

    “It is a
    reality that helps Quebec remain mainly French in a bilingual
    country. If we want Canada to
    remain bilingual — and I want it — we need to understand that Quebec must remain
    primarily francophone.” Justin

    “Canada isn’t doing well right now
    because it’s Albertans who control our community and socio-democratic agenda. It
    doesn’t work,” Trudeau said in French to interviewer Patrick Lagace on the
    Tele-Quebec program Les francs-tireurs (The Straight

    Lagace then asked Trudeau
    if he thought Canada was “better served when there
    are more Quebecers in charge than Albertans?”
    Trudeau replied: “I’m a Liberal, so of course I think so, yes.
    Certainly when we look at the great prime ministers of the 20th century, those
    that really stood the test of time, they were MPs from
    Quebec… This country – Canada
    – it belongs to us.”

    Trudeau specifically
    named prime ministers Pierre Trudeau, Chretien and Paul Martin but also included
    Progressive Conservative Mulroney on his list of great Quebec prime ministers of
    the last century.

    “I always say that
    if, at a given time, I
    believed that Canada was really the Canada of
    Stephen Harper, and that we were
    going against abortion, that we were going
    against gay marriage, that we were
    moving backwards in 10,000 different ways,
    maybe I would think of wanting to
    make Quebec a country,” when the interviewer asked
    for clarification he replied
    “Oh yes, absolutely. If I no longer recognized
    Canada, I know my own
    values very
    well.” Justin Trudeau

    .” ….Given these facts,
    should French-speaking people concentrate their efforts on Quebec or take the whole of Canada
    as their base? In my opinion, they should do both; and for the purpose they
    could find no better instrument than federalism”, Pierre

    Justin Trudeau
    supports the racist, bigoted, xenophobic bill 101. Yes he supports a French only
    Kebec (proper native spelling) and forced french “bilingualism” all over the
    country, nice eh? Just like a daddy a French first, Kebec first bigot,
    hypocrite, from the province of the Qlue Qlux Qlan. Get back to the tax and
    spend, have not, high debt, socialist province of Kebec and shut up you parasite Trudeau,
    yes Kebec where you fit right in.

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