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article imageMarc Garneau to quit bid for leadership of Liberal Party

By Karl Gotthardt     Mar 13, 2013 in Politics
Ottawa - Marc Garneau, according to sources close to his campaign, has decided to pull out of the liberal leadership race. Garneau feels that it would be impossible to beat forerunner Justin Trudeau, who enjoys a considerable lead.
Former astronaut and head of the Canadian Space Agency is expected to announce in a news conference later today that he will pull out of the federal leadership race. Despite his unique qualifications as a former Captain in the Canadian navy, astronaut and head of the Canadian Space Agency, Garneau could not overcome the substantial lead front runner Justin Trudeau has established. Justin Trudeau, due to name recognition and his father's name is seen as the second coming of the Messiah by the Liberal Party of Canada.
Garneau, who has been taking the fight to Trudeau in the past few weeks, has had very little impact in changing Trudeau's front runner status. Sources close to his campaign told media outlets that Garneau has concluded it would be impossible to overtake front-runner Justin Trudeau, who enjoys a substantial lead in the race.
The Leader Post reports that Garneau has decided that Justin Trudeau just has too much momentum to stop him prior to the vote on April 14. The source, which spoke under conditions of anonymity, said that Garneau would make a formal announcement in a news conference on Wednesday.
Reuters reported that the Liberal Party (LPC) would form the next government if Trudeau was elected as the leader, albeit with a minority government. A Forum poll showed that the LPC would garner 39 per cent of the vote, while conservatives would receive 32 per cent and the New Democrats just 20 per cent.
Marc Garneau has been an MP since 2008 and kicked off his leadership campaign last
November, making the economy his main issue. Unlike Justin Trudeau he was unable to connect with voters. During his campaign he accused Trudeau of failing to offer solid policy proposals. He also warned the party of electing high flyer's before, with disastrous results.
Garneau may have it right. With an election still two years away, there will be plenty of time for conservatives to define Justin Trudeau. If the LPC intends on uniting the country, that may be difficult, at least in the prairie provinces.
The Liberal Party governed Canada for most of the twentieth century and in the end arrogance and scandals led to the party's demise. With seven candidates remaining in the leadership race, the party will announce its new leader on April 15.
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