Liberal hopeful will spend two days on the Island next week lookng for support from party faithful
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Liberal MP Justin Trudeau laughs at a joke he was told as he met the crowd at the 2010 P.E.I. Federation of Labour picnic in Victoria Park in this Guardian file photo.
One of the most recognizable faces in Canadian politics is taking his leadership campaign to Prince Edward Island.
Montreal MP Justin Trudeau will spend two days on the Island next week looking for support in his quest to become the next leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Trudeau will be at Jewell’s Farm in Cornwall Monday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. before heading to the Vanier Centre in Wellington at 2:30 p.m.
Trudeau will attend a Liberal Seniors Commission event at 5:30 p.m. before attending a meet-and-greet at The Guild in Charlottetown at 7 p.m.
The leadership hopeful will be doing some mainstreeting with Charlottetown MP Sean Casey Tuesday morning before leaving the province mid-morning.
Casey says Trudeau is doing his homework.
“Every single riding in the country is weighted equally in the leadership contest,” said Casey.
“The riding of Cardigan, the riding of Malpeque, the riding of Charlottetown, the riding of Egmont are no less important than Toronto Centre, Toronto Danforth or Vancouver Quadra.”
Trudeau is no stranger to P.E.I.
He created a social media buzz this summer when he tweeted pictures of him and his family vacationing on the Island, including having lunch on Victoria Row in Charlottetown.
“He’s actually a great friend to P.E.I.,” added Casey.
The official leadership campaign begins Nov. 14, a day after Trudeau is on the Island.
On April 14, 2013, the party will elect a new leader. For the first time, one does not have to be a card-carrying Liberal to vote.
The party will allow supporters to vote and they can do so online.
Each riding will be weighted equally, each receiving 100 points not matter how big the riding.
That means if Trudeau gets 50 per cent of the votes in a particular riding, he would receive 50 points.
Trudeau isn’t the only leadership
contender stumping for votes on the Island.
On Wednesday, Alex Burton, a B.C. Crown prosecutor, was on the Island. He’s a little-known Liberal leadership candidate.
Martha Hall Findlay, Joyce Murray and Marc Garneau are also expected to enter the leadership race.
Casey said he has not yet said who he will be supporting for his party’s top leadership job.
“I am genuinely excited about Justin’s candidacy, as it seems are most of the general public, Liberals and non-Liberals alike. I do think it’s extremely important that he be tested and that this not be a coronation and that it be a contest.”