Monday, January 07, 2013

Trust In Trudeau

Because Stephen Harper was a self-described "radical right-wing ideologue", he was the only one who could make the conservatives more Liberal. The result was he undermined his opponents, his party received broad support and he won a majority government.

Because Barack Obama was so anti-war, he was the only one who could make the Democrats more pro-war than Republicans. The result was he undermined his opponents, his party received broad support and he won re-election.

In both cases it was each man's close association to a particular cause that gave him the credibility and therefore the power to fundamentally change it.

And it is because Justin Trudeau is perhaps the most identifiable Liberal that he, and he alone can make the party more conservative, and, as they aren't mutually exclusive, more progressive. Trudeau has the potential to do what previous Liberal leaders could not and that is change the party.

2 comments:

Tom said...

But has he said he wants to change the party?

thescottross.blogspot.com said...

Tom, Justin Trudeau has said he wants change, but just like Harper and Obama, he shouldn't be specific on which direction he will take the party before he takes the helm.

I should emphasize that because all other leadership candidates are less associated to the Liberal Party, they have as much power to fundamentally change it as Dion or Ignatieff did, which is not much.