Today Justin Trudeau had a message for supporters of the Conservative Party that should resonate all the way up to the close of the polls on election night October 19:
But I want you to keep something in mind. Always.
In the end, we are all Canadians.
Conservatives are not our enemies. They’re our neighbours.
They want what’s best for their country, just like we do. They want safe communities and a growing economy. They want better jobs and more opportunities for their kids. They want their country to stand for something in the world, with the tenacity to solve big problems.
We don’t need to convince them to leave the Conservative Party. We just need to show how Stephen Harper’s Party has left them…
What kind of country do you want to build?
What kind of Canada do you want to leave to your kids?
Do you want Stephen Harper’s unambitious vision of a small, fearful country? One where we are divided against one another and suspicious of the world.
Or do you want a confident, positive vision of Canada? One that is clear-eyed about the challenges we face, but optimistic that we have all that we need to meet them head on.
I believe in this country. I love it with all my heart. And I know you do too.
See: our campaign has never been about me. It has never been about the Liberal Party. It has always been about Canadians.
Once Harper resigns as prime minister on October 20, then Conservative supporters can start considering what type of leader they want for their party, and the dialogue can begin.