Justin Trudeau Is A Breath Of Fresh Air Because Unlike Divisive Harper – Trudeau Is Thoughtful And Intelligent Guy


By Promod Puri

His father, Pierre Trudeau, was an intellectual statesman. Justin Trudeau may not fall into that grade. But the genes are there.

He is a “thoughtful and intelligent guy”, says former Liberal leader Bob Rae. In his policy statements we see rays of hope for better and more compassionate Canada in the years to come.

The clear majority gained by the Liberal Party under his leadership and with dignified campaign, not only demonstrated the rejection of ultra right wing politics of discrimination, anti-immigration and fake security concerns, but it restores the confidence in Canadian values of humanism and compassion in both national and international affairs.

Justin Trudeau’s rise to political leadership has been like that of an ordinary common man. He worked his own way to climb that ladder. He was not handed a life in politics on a platter as being the son of legendary former prime minister.

His adult life began as a school teacher, snowboard instructor, bouncer in a night club, and playing a role of war hero in a World War 1 TV drama. These credentials show the traits of a young man trying to gain some space in the society.

Yes, he also has a tattoo of Haida nation printed on his arms. He loves ethnic food; his first outing with his date, now his wife Sophie, was to Khyber Pass, an Afghan restaurant in Montreal. He performs Bhangra too.

From this simple portfolio we can see the emergence of a down-to-earth leader who has promised some fundamental changes reflecting the “thoughtful and intelligent” approach to run the affairs of the nation.

In his declared statements Trudeau promised to review the dreadful anti-terrorism laws which could encourage a reign of terror thru fake encounters.

He has expressed openness to let in all the views and concerns in dealing with environmental issues.

He declared to pursue a humanitarian and independent foreign policy which is not influenced by the big brothers south of the border. This foreign policy puts Canada in its traditional role of no-combat military involvements, but for peaceful missions only. He has already announced that Canada will withdraw fighter jets from Iraq and Syria.

His domestic liberal policies include: legalizing marijuana, protection of transgender people, reuniting families of immigrants, reinvigorate ethnic cultures and diversities, and bring more diversity in the government. He has promised welcoming refugee policies. He has announced Canada will admit 25,000 Syrian refugees by the year end.

Mr. Trudeau has recognized the true multicultural fabric of Canada. It was also the hallmark of his father’s political life when he declared multiculturalism as the official policy of the Canadian government. His has shown his enthusiastic participation in ethnic cultural events.

More than that, he recognizes the contribution of Canada’s ethnic diversity to make this nation a truly multicultural society of equal opportunities. T

There is faith in Mr. Trudeau’s ethnic sentiments. And that is the kind of leadership the ethnic communities feel encouraged to see their involvement in Canadian affairs.

Promod Puri is a freelance writer in Vancouver. He is also the founder and former publisher of the South Asian LINK Newspaper, the oldest Indo-Canadian English language newspaper in Canada.