"It's not going to be easy to bring back a Liberal government. ... It's really fundamentally important that we understand as Liberals that we don't have a right to be the government in Ottawa, but what we have a right to do is to compete and put in front of Canadians what we really stand for.''
I love the humble tone, that mocks the notion of Liberal entitlement. In my mind, Gerard Kennedy represents the new Liberal Party and he will shine in Ottawa.
Unfortunately, the OLD Liberal ways of tribal warfare and petty posturing seems alive and well in Papineau:
Trudeau is also getting a cold shoulder from some Liberal Quebec MPs who bristle at his star status.
some Quebec Liberals may want to punish Trudeau for his support of Gerard Kennedy during the recent Liberal leadership race.
That support eventually helped Stephane Dion win, over the objections of MPs like Denis Coderre and Pablo Rodriguez who backed Michael Ignatieff's failed bid.
But Coderre has shown disdain for Trudeau in the past while Trudeau supporters say an incident at Sunday's Earth Day rally illustrates where the 35-year-old activist and onetime West Coast school teacher stands with MPs like Rodriguez.
Trudeau tried to lend a hand holding the banner at the head of the parade along with local environmentalists and politicians from all levels. Rodriguez sent him away, saying he could join the front of the parade and raise the banner if he's ever elected, Trudeau friends say.
First of all, who is Mr. Rodriguez to tell anybody where they can stand at a non-partisan rally, particularly someone who's OLD party did jackshit on the environment until its last days in office (let's keep it real people). Trudeau is a star, I would throw his face all over the rally if it meant more exposure and ink. From this outsiders perspective, the Quebec Liberals seem like an esoteric circle jerk, that holds grudges and can't seem to accept the basic premise of democracy. You can argue the merits of Trudeau's candidacy, but it really is distasteful to watch the overt attempts to keep him down. How about we let the voters decide if Trudeau is a fraud or phenomenon?