Last evening the eldest son of former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau officially announced his candidacy to run for the leadership of The Liberal Party of Canada and he hopes to energize the currently disenfranchised youth vote to do it.
With a nearly half hour speech, which was held in his home riding in Papineau district in downtown Montreal, the MP outlined many of his hopes and visions for a new Canadian Liberal Party.
Justin Trudeau emphasized that hot button issues like Quebec, the economy, the middle class and Canada's youth will be primary issues in his leadership campaign.
"The time has come to write a new chapter in the history of The Liberal Party, because we are talking about the future and not the past." said the young MP to the hundreds present at the announcement rally.
"I love Montreal, I love Quebec and I'm in love with Canada. And I want to put my life in its service that's why I'm announcing here in my home my candidacy to be the head of the Liberal Party of Canada""I do not present myself as the man with all of the answers. In fact I think that we have had enough of that type of politics."
The Papineau Member of Parliament said in both of Canada's official languages English and French.
"I believe we can bring new forces to bear on old problems.
I can convince a new generation of Canadians that their country needs them."
Trudeau also drew blood by attacking the Conservative and New Democratic Partie's sluggish Parliamentary performance in repairing the current economic woes suffered by average Canadian families during the current global recession.
"What's the response of the NDP? To sow regional resentment and blame the successful. The Conservative answer? Privilege one sector over others and promise that wealth will trickle down, eventually...
Both are tidy ideological answers to complex and difficult question. The only thing they have in common is that they are both, equally wrong.""To our First Nations the Canadian reality has not been and continues not to be easy for you.
We need to become a country that has the courage to own up to it's mistakes, and fix them together people to people."
Trudeau also addressed the Parti Quebecois, who won a recent election in the province, defeating former Liberal Party Premier Jean Charest and replacing him with Quebec's first woman Premier Ms Pauline Marois along with the PQ's dream of an independent Quebec, with a sharp literary missive:
"We know some Quebecers want their own country. A country that reflects our values, that protects our language and culture that respects our identity.
My friends I want to build that country too. A country worthy of my dreams...For me that country
reaches from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from the Great Lakes to the Grand North."
The new Leader of The Liberal Party is currently scheduled to be chosen in April.