OTTAWA: Justin Trudeau, Canada’s new Prime Minister, is about to move back to the house where he grew up.
Son of the former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, the liberal leader, on Monday led his party to the victory in the federal election, while defeating the Stephen Harper’s a conservative party by a wide range.
According to the Elections Canada, Trudeau’s Liberals were on the track to win out of 338 seats, 174 seats, while the final vote counting was not yet completed.
The election which was previously held by the conservatives, who have added 111 seats in the elections of 1984, Trudeau is on the track to break the records by gaining the biggest gains in the seats. By a party in the elections, it is the largest percentage increase in the seats ever gained.
Trudeau 43 was returned by the stunning victory, to the prime minister’s office residence at the 24 Sussex Drive, where he before lived with his father when he was in the office for almost 12 years.
In 2013, Trudeau took over the control of party, trailed early in the campaign. But a boost spending to spur the economy and a bold pledge to run a budget deficit, as well as his generous nature and a positive message, help the liberal engineer with a great turnaround.
He was born in 1971 to a great publicity on Christmas Day and stayed in the public eye until his father left the office in the year 1984. At his father’s 2000 funeral, he returned to the prominence with a moving eulogy.
He told Reuters in an interview during the month of January that,
“Dealing with being my father’s son isn’t something that I suddenly had to get my mind around as I showed up in this place as an MP (member of Parliament) it’s been something that’s been with me all my life,” and “It’s what I put out there that actually matters.”
A political scientist at the University of Toronto, Nelson Wiseman said that, “What Trudeau did was surprise the field, and he stiffened the spine of a lot of liberals who were wavering.”
He had also touted the path for Canada that according to him was most ambitious as compared to the opposition parties. Trudeau admires how Obama has transformed grassroots democracy, his slogan “Real Change” echoes President Barack Obama’s successful “Hope and Change”.
Whereas critics say that, “Trudeau’s comments and headline-grabbing events, such as challenging a Conservative senator to a televised boxing match and winning in 2012, lack gravitas.” He said, “After Canada joined the coalition against Islamic State, humanitarian aid was better than trying to whip out our (fighter jets) and show them how big they are”.
While his rise may appear to have been swift in the politics, Bob Rae, the interim liberal party leader said, “From the time I met him; my sense was that he very much saw this as a long game for him. And one that only had one conclusion.”