- Peter L. Whittle
- A former journalist, broadcaster, political staffer and policy adviser, Peter has studied political science, journalism, public administration and Canadian politics. He has grown weary of partisan politics but remains engaged in public policy issues and community activism. Father to three teenage boys,he is committed to teaching them the values of cooperation, volunteering and caring for each other. All I want is for my children to be respectful and successful.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
TRUDEAU BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO FEDERAL LIBERAL PARTY
Brian Mulroney did not oust Joe Clark and deliver two consecutive majorities for the Progressive Conservatives without a lot of political savvy. Folks like him possess a fine tuned political radar, a political intuitiveness, that is often more accurate than any market research.
Last fall, the elder statesman told the Globe & Mail that Justin Trudeau had the right stuff to propel the Liberal Party forward, “And I’ll tell you: People who underestimate him, they do so at their own peril.”
It looks as if Mulroney’s prediction is coming true. Corporate Research Associates latest polling numbers show the Grits gaining momentum in Atlantic Canada. The party jumped from third place to first. The credit for the leap is going to federal Liberal Leadership candidate Justin Trudeau.
Last Fall, I did a fair amount of polling for a former employer. One of the questions that was regularly asked was who which of the federal party leaders would you prefer as Prime Minister. I was surprised at the frequency in which people would request that Justin Trudeau be written in, despite not being on the list.
According to the a CBC Web Story it is the first time since 2010 that the Liberals have been on top in Atlantic Canada.The biggest jump in Liberal support was in Newfoundland and Labrador which could signal another battle in St. John's - South - Mount Pearl where rookie MP Ryan Cleary defeated Liberal incumbant Siobhan Coady in the last federal election.
A sign of change, Do you think that Trudeau can restore the once-dominant Liberal Party to their former glory?