Published October 5, 2012 | 1:33 am
Mississauga: Trudeaumania swept into the GTA Thursday night as Justin Trudeau kicked off the Ontario leg of his Liberal leadership bid from Mississauga at a banquet hall. Trudeau was welcomed by a huge crowd that had assembled to have a glimpse of their favourite leader, who they say have made Canadian politics spicy again.
Justin Trudeau says people are flocking to his Liberal leadership campaign because they are looking for something better than the ruling Conservatives.
With over 1,000 people crammed into a Mississauga banquet hall to see the Liberal leadership candidate, Trudeau said Canada’s success did not happen by accident, and it won’t continue without effort. This magnificent, unlikely country was founded on a bold new premise. That people of different beliefs and backgrounds, from all corners of the world, could come together to build a better life for themselves and for their children than they ever could have alone.
“This new idea that diversity is strength. Not a challenge to be overcome or a difficulty to be tolerated. That is the heart and soul of the Canadian success story.
That, and the old fashioned idea of progress. The idea that we owe a sacred duty to Canadians who come after us. To work hard. To build a country that offers them even more than we had. More opportunity, more choices, more success, just as our parents and grandparents did for us.These are the values that define and unite us,he said”.
Trudeau says Liberals have to take the opportunity to show Canadians the now 3rd party has learned from the past, but is 100% focused on the country’s future.
Trudeau’s 30 minute speech focused on the same themes from other events in Papineau & Calgary this week.
He also emphasised the need to engage young Canadians and middle class in building a new Canada .He says most Canadians probably think the country’s economy is doing pretty well, but couldn’t say the same for their households.Trudeau cited example of GTA where more and more families are finding home ownership to be out of reach. He pointed to the rapidly growing middle class of China, India and Brazil, and said Canada is falling behind.
The crowd at the occasion was perfect example of ethnic diversity and he praised Mississauga as possibly “the most diverse community on Earth” and said the people who had flooded into the banquet hall were “the very heart of 21st century Canada.”
Former Liberal MPs Navdeep Bains ,Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion were stunned by the huge gathering.
Like his famous father did in the 1960s, the younger Trudeau has amassed a wave of young followers since he announced his candidacy on Tuesday in his home riding of Papineau, a suburb of Montreal.
The next Liberal leader will be decided in April. Trudeau’s main competitor is Canada’s first astronaut, Montreal MP Marc Garneau.