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article imageJustin Trudeau formally announces he'll run again in 2019

By Karen Graham     Aug 19, 2018 in Politics
Montreal - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau not only continued his yearly tradition of walking in Montreal's Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, He then formally announced his nomination at a party event later in his Montreal riding of Papineau.
Much to the delight of a cheering partisan crowd on Sunday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaffirmed his belief in what he called "positive politics," and took jabs at Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who is doing his darnedest to refocus the spotlight on convincing Canadians he should be their next Prime Minister.
Trudeau has not been above taking a few jabs at Scheer, accusing him of exploiting fear and division. Some Conservatives are not happy with the Trudeau Liberals’ so-called “virtue signaling,” or the public flagging of moral correctness, according to Conservative commentator Alise Mills, as reported in The Toronto Star this evening.
However, Trudeau focused on his message - promising to tackle a number of challenges that include protecting Canada's oceans, raising the standard of living for Indigenous Peoples and narrowing the gap between rich and poor.
Trudeau also sees a sharp contrast between his Liberal Party's push for a cleaner environment and equality for everyone and the Conservative Party's efforts to exploit division created by a growing wave of populism. Then there is the Trans Mountain Pipeline hanging around his neck.
And with all the problems, big and small piling up on Trudeau's desk, a good part of them due to the actions of U.S. President Donald Trump, Trudeau's party is going to have quite a campaign on its agenda.
Perhaps more worrisome is that the Liberals have lost their lead in the public opinion polls and are literally running neck-and-neck with Andrew Scheer's Conservatives. But Trudeau says the Conservatives haven't given voters any new ideas beyond what was rejected in the last federal election.
Not only that, but Scheer still has a very heated personal disagreement going on with Conservative Quebec MP Maxime Bernier. The Quebec MP has taken to copying Trump, going on a Twitter rampage this past week, much to the disgust of Scheer and other party members.
It almost seems like Bernier has "backpedaled from his earlier tweets that warned of the supposed dangers of more diversity” according to a commentary in the Global News.
So with Bernier now being a thorn in Scheer's side, party members are worried Scheer may be off-message when the party meets in Halifax this coming Thursday for their first policy convention.
“A lot of people are going to want to try to figure out what is going on with Bernier and how that may impact party unity and fortunes going forward ... so the challenge for Mr. Sheer and his team is going to be to try to bring the spotlight back on the party as an entity that’s ready to compete with the Liberals," said Conservative strategist Tim Powers.
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