Congratulations to him for winning the nomination. He might actually be able to go the distance, but Montreal does not like celebrity parachute candidates. Ask Marc Garneau, the charismatic astronaut, who would have made a great MP but was defeated by some no-name separatist in the 2006 election.
Anyway, credit where it's due: Trudeau got his people out, they got the vote out, and the kid's in the race.
I love this quote, from today's CBC story on Justin Trudeau:
"I wouldn't be my father's son if I expected anything to be handed to me. I've always worked for everything I've ever had in my life," he said.
Pierre did, in fact, have the extra kick of inheriting the bulk of his father's money. Jos Trudeau, defying the myth that Francophone Quebecois were kept out of business enterprises by those nasty Anglos and Jews (btw, one of my cousins, four times removed, founded a bank in Montreal in the mid-19th century... go figure), made millions in the Depression in the gasoline business. Pierre inherited the equivalent of hundreds of millions. All that money, with compounded interest (Pierre was a notorious cheapskate) was passed on to Trudeau's surviving sons and daughter.
Justin Trudeau seems like a personable, semi-bright guy. He also strikes me as quite kind-hearted, like his mother. I doubt he really has any connection to the ruthless liars who claim, on the Internet, to be his friend. Unfortunately, Trudeau is really disconnected from the rest of us, and he seems to have the maturity of a 20-year-old. His brother Alexandre... now, there's the Trudeau who inherited the brains.