Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Justin Trudeau: Two core principles in his launching speech

There were a few pointers in his speech about his way forward, and where he wants to take the party.

Two critical ones leaped out at me.

The first is the disengagement of Canadians from what happens in their Parliament:

To millions and millions of Canadians, their government has become irrelevant, remote from their daily lives, let alone their hopes and dreams. To them, Ottawa is just a place where people play politics as if it were a game open to a small group, and that appeals to an even smaller one.

They do not see themselves or their values reflected in Ottawa

My friends, we will do better.
Justin Trudeau

To do better will absolutely require significantelectoral reform, aimed at letting every vote count, and giving ordinary citizens and their MPs the ability to influence the discussion of the country’s affairs, or else it will be tinkering around the fringes.

The second core statement was this:

But I do know I have a strong sense of this country. Where we’ve been, where we are, and where we want to go. And I believe I can bring new forces to bear on old problems. I can convince a new generation of Canadians that their country needs them. That it values their energy, ingenuity and vision. Together, we can convince young Canadians  that serving this great country is its own reward.

This is a bold promise.

To make it happen, Trudeau will have to bring about change that encourages those millions of young people who have not voted, to vote and become engaged in our country’s running. 

And to be meaningful, this, too, means significant electoral reform.

Without such electoral reform, Justin Trudeau will fail to deliver on these two core promises.

Bookmark his site: www.justin.ca
And check it out every now and then.

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