Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Justin Trudeau answers Peter Mansbridge on why he wishes to be prime minister

And gives a succinct answer that answers the question very well. 

Peter Mansbridge interviews Justin Trudeau

And a good answer it is (even though Mansbridge seems to interrupt an awful lot):

PM: But why, why do you think you're that fresh approach? Not on your beliefs on policy, but on you, personally? What is it about Justin Trudeau, that makes you the person that should lead Canada?

JT: If you want to find out if someone's ready for this job, ask them what they want to do with this job. My focus is on growing this country again, the right way. Making us united, keeping us safe, giving everyone a real and fair chance to succeed. And my work throughout my life with Canadians has prepared me to be able to offer that to people.

And earlier on in his interview, Trudeau clearly indicates that he expects the two opposition parties to vote no confidence if there is a minority Harper government after October 19. That is clearly the change that millions of Canadians (the bulk of us), want and expect to be the result of this election:

PM: When one looks at every survey that's done right now, we've still got a ways to go, but every survey would suggest that it's a race between three parties for the top position, that anything could happen, and that anybody could win, but that it's almost certainly a minority government, looking at these numbers. almost certainly. So let's have the minority government discussion, and I know you don't like to go there, but let me try it from a different way. What is your belief after the votes are all counted? Is your belief that whatever party has the most number of seats has the right to try to govern at that point.

JT: Yes, that's the way it's always been, whoever commands the most seats gets the first shot at governing.

PM: Well it's not always the way it's been. I mean there– 

JT: That's pretty much always– 

PM: Well–

JT: Whoever gets the most seats gets the first shot at trying to command the confidence of the House.

PM: Well actually the first shot goes to the outgoing party.

JT: To the outgoing Prime Minister, absolutely.

PM: In fact it was your father who you disagree with on some things–

JT: In [19]72, yes.

PM:...and in [19]79, who suggested in the middle of the campaign that he felt that it's not automatic, that the governing party has a right to see what its options are.

JT: I think the reality is, there is such a clear desire for change amongst Canadians right now, that Mr. Harper will have a very difficult time commanding the confidence of the House after this election, after these ten years of failings that he's had.

So, get ready for the refreshing change that so many Canadians have hoped for for so many years.

And a big part of that change is going to be a new electoral system, banishing the old first past the post system, and substituting a more democratic system that makes every vote count, and binds people in all regions closer to their Parliament. So our next election will be a far more democratic one, benefiting all parties.

Plus, of course, most of the political reforms that Trudeau tabled in his 32-point program of democratic reform.

And then the celebrations can begin, with a new generation

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