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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Just days before he kicked off his campaign to become the next leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau was welcomed like a rock star at a 20,000-strong youth rally in Toronto.
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Samuel Getachew: After Three Strikes, Rob Anders Should Be Out
For Rob Anders, who on Monday told an iPolitics reporter that Thomas Mulcair was in some way responsible for hastening Jack Layton's death, controversy is nothing new. He was once removed from a veteran's affairs committee for frequently falling asleep and showing disrespect for our veterans and was the sole member to speak out against Nelson Mandela's honorary Canadian citizenship.
Daniel D. Veniez: Calling Trudeau's Credentials Thin? A Fat Lie
Today, Justin Trudeau launches his campaign to become the next leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. As he does, there is concern that the hyperventilation surrounding Trudeau's candidacy and his status as a bona fide celebrity and political rock star is sucking all life out of this "wide open" race. The hypocrisy of pouncing on Justin Trudeau's "thin" professional record is nauseating. Arguably, Trudeau has a more substantive and varied background and education in the real world than Joe Clark, Stockwell Day, and Stephen Harper combined before they became leaders.
Philip N. Howard: Don't Close Foreign Embassies, Open Digital Ones
In March, Canada closed its embassy in Syria. Earlier this month, Canada closed its embassy in Iran. Now we learn that sharing embassies with the UK may benefit the government's bottom line. With no physical presence in places like Iran or Syria, how do we protect those ties? The next best thing is a virtual embassy.
Keith Beardsley: Has the Liberal Party Found Its Messiah?
I gather from all the media hype that Canadians are supposed to be waiting with bated breath and pounding heart for the "Second Coming" i.e. Justin Trudeau's non-announcement this week that he will enter the Liberal Party's leadership race. I say non-announcement as I don't know anyone who pays attention to politics who actually thought Trudeau would sit this one out.
J.J. McCullough: Media Bites: Justin Trudeau is Simba to the Media's Rafiki
2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg The Liberal Party may not be formally electing their next leader till April of 2013, but providing you got wind of Justin's announcement-to-announce last Wednesday, you've already heard the only story that matters. Feel free to take the next seven months off. The Rafiki-lifting-baby-Simba-over-Pride-Rock narrative is so strong at this point, in fact, that even the Trudeau-bashers seem bored and resigned. They can whine, but it's a whine of irritation, not impact.

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