Liberals must stop infighting, start engaging Canadians: Trudeau

Wayne Thibodeau
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Justin Trudeau is taking his Liberal leadership campaign to Prince Edward Island on Monday.

The 40-year-old MP from the riding of Papineau in Montreal is considered the front-runner in the race that doesn’t officially kick off until mid-next week.

Polls go so far to suggest that a Trudeau-led Liberal party would be able to capture a slim majority government and win over support in his home province of Quebec, support that is now in the hands of Tom Mulcair’s NDP.

Trudeau believes he can heal the deep divisions within his party and build support right across the country.

“We have to make sure the party stops looking inward and starts engaging with Canadians right across the country,” Trudeau said in an exclusive interview with The Guardian, prior to his arrival to the province Monday.

“It’s not our future that we need to worry about as Liberals – it’s the future of our country that we have to focus on. So, infighting and disagreements and navel-gazing within the party has gotten us to a place where people simply don’t trust us the way we would certainly like them to.

“For me, the divisions of the past have to be set aside and we have to all start pulling together and opening ourselves up to Canadians.”

Trudeau starts his day with a visit to Jewell’s Dairy Farm in Cornwall at 12:45 p.m. Monday. He then travels west to Vanier Centre in Wellington where he will meet with supporters at 2:30 p.m.

The big event is planned for Monday evening when Trudeau will attend a meet and greet at The Guild in Charlottetown at 7 p.m.

“It’s not our future that we need to worry about as Liberals – it’s the future of our country that we have to focus on," Justin Trudeau

Organizers expect a packed hall.

On Tuesday, Trudeau will do some mainstreeting with Charlottetown Liberal MP Sean Casey from 7:45 a.m. until 9 a.m.

Trudeau then visits Colonel Grey High School in Charlottetown where he will deliver remarks and take questions from students at 9 a.m.

Trudeau said he’s always had a deep connection to Prince Edward Island. He said he’s spent time on the Island first with his father, then with his wife, Sophie, and now with his family including his children, Xavier James and Ella-Grace.

The Trudeau family vacationed in P.E.I. this summer.

“We spent a little time, just Sophie and I, before the kids, at a great little B&B in North Rustico. Spent some time, obviously, at Cavendish Beach. But also spent time in the west end (of the province), where you don’t get too many tourists.

“Our favorite little beach is Greenwich. We love that particular spot. We went back there this summer.”


…. For more from The Guardian’s interview with Justin Trudeau pick up a copy of The Guardian on Monday. For the latest on Trudeau’s visit to the Island, log on to our website at throughout the day on Monday.







Organizations: Vanier Centre, The Guild, Colonel Grey High School

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Montreal, Province of Quebec Charlottetown Jewell Cornwall Wellington North Rustico

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Recent comments

  • don
    November 13, 2012 - 13:01

    does anyone have a BIG shovel. he sounds like ghizzy's twin.

  • He will not be leader, does not understand issues
    November 13, 2012 - 01:02

    He has lived a priviledged lifestyle and has not a clue about life. He does not even say a thing in the House of commons in Ottawa. the issues are first and foremost: clean up the corruption, big time, give back the money to the immigrants, stop patronage, open and transparent government, job creation, and no increase in taxes- no HST. Taxes need to be lowered and wages need to be increased for the hard working Islanders who actually do a days work (not the pencil pushing bureaucrats that have those patronage jobs as they could cut their salaries in half and give half to those who actually work) He is just a poster boy, no one takes him seriously, give Islanders a break!

  • raven
    November 12, 2012 - 16:53

    Oh my God, Justin is on the side of the angels regarding EI-- can`t wait for the rest of his `platform`. This millionaer playboy will come up with lots, he is banking on the poor and hopeless to put him in, - after that to hell with them, - phony. Just like Ghiz, in the pocket of the wealthy.

  • rolf
    November 12, 2012 - 16:47

    go away with you Justin, we have our own troubling 'socialist' who when it comes right dowen to it, helps the capitalist, just blike you would, - the phonyness of the two of you is sickening. Go home and count you millions, and leave it at that, we don't need an other son of .......

    November 12, 2012 - 16:44

    Look at that pretty boy silverspoon socialist try to make his face look angry. His acting experience comes in handy as a politician, - and about as sincere. Look at him touching a cow, --- oh my Justin touched a cow, -- give me a break, are people that shallow that they eat this kind of crap.

  • Just The Facts
    November 12, 2012 - 13:24

    Justin Trudeau plans to deliver his Liberal propaganda to students of Colonel Grey on Tuesday morning. Does the Eastern School Board have a clear policy on visits of partisan politicians to Island classrooms? Just wondering....

    November 12, 2012 - 11:41

    Justin, You will never, never be able to change the CORRUPT LIBERAL GOVT. here on P. E. I. so, just forget about it and move on.

  • lilley
    November 12, 2012 - 11:40

    Justin the Front Runner?? He's the ONLY RUNNER so far!! The Ghost of Pierre returns to haunt us. I thought Ghosts, Gobllns and Shaggy Haired Spooks appeared only at Halloween??

  • SG
    November 12, 2012 - 10:54

    I wouldn't vote for Justin Trudeau if he was the only one running! If the Liberal Party thinks Justin is going to bring them success I'm afraid there will be alot of disappointment on the Liberal Horizon. Last time it was Iggy a "US Professor" no less ! Just because someone is a Past Leaders' Son doesn't make him a Politician. But it does have a familiar ring that I'm hoping will fade into the very distant past in the next PEI Election.

  • Billy
    November 12, 2012 - 10:09

    Check the turnout for these events. Mostly those who don't work for other than EI. It seems people these days want it all but don't dare work for it. The same can be said for the US. Heavily tax those who are trying to make a living to support those who won't help themselves. If Canada goes back to a Liberal government it will fall victim to the likes of some europeon countries and soon the US>

  • Another X Liberal
    November 12, 2012 - 03:11

    Too much dumb patronage around here these days and just bad governance as these dolts line their pockets with pensions for themselves and taxpayers' dollars for their road construction cronies. Forget it, Justin, and go back to being a teacher.

  • rally
    November 11, 2012 - 22:56

    Come and rally at Province House Monday 2-4 pm - show everyone we've had enough with this crooked, overbearing, ridiculous gov't here. Trudeau's going west then (deliberate???) but I'm sure he'll hear about the rally later........

  • You have your work cut out in this town sonny
    November 11, 2012 - 22:08

    lots of steak and no sizzle, no content. Casey as your host is not a good start and Chretien piping off sure is not helping the party look new. get lost and come back when your ready to apologize for the liberal greed we are still experiencing.

  • Middle class worker
    November 11, 2012 - 21:39

    when does Trudeau Jr. go back to work....2 months of campaigning against who? Like Ignatieff to busy to be in Ottawa.....working for his constituents.

  • wtf
    November 11, 2012 - 20:19

    where my questions for Trudeau??????You printed that crap canned comments Chretien made

  • Donald Trump
    November 11, 2012 - 19:50

    Let's solve this PNP program and get to the bottom of this first.

  • Yeah
    November 11, 2012 - 19:46

    Great good news for the nation. Garth Staples does not support Justin, the next Prime Minister of Canada, Trudeau.

    • Garth Staples
      November 12, 2012 - 06:25

      YEAH YEAH YEAH-------------------------------------------another Liberal without the power of his convictions.

  • Reader
    November 11, 2012 - 18:48

    No one but Wayne Thibodeau thinks the Liberals are going to win government next time, let alone with a majority. Honestly, do the Guardian reporters even glance at national media? The idea that the Liberals are contenders is laughable anywhere outside the island.

  • he's right
    November 11, 2012 - 18:38

    Staple's may be right ..there is no one in position to take a firm grip on the country like Harper....Trudeau will have no one to have the carisma of his father, and may be out of touch witha country that has instant comminuicaion and does not take fools litely??????????

  • Mary Hines
    November 11, 2012 - 18:31

    Agree - 100%...... Can you imagine this man at a table with "World Leaders" representing Canada? He has yet to provide one shread of policy... just pretty "little meaningless words"....other than he is against the pipe line... Here we have a committee trying to find out if it will work or not... but no, he has made his mind up - "no" pipe line to the West Coast if he has his way....very, weak.... his party doesn't even permit him to speak in the house!!!

  • Garth Staples
    November 11, 2012 - 17:47

    #1 keep on fighting Grits to Grits. #2 The country is in great hands with long term strategy and programmes in place. Financial think tank recently predicted Canada will lead the G7 for the next 50 years. Trudeau will have to get used to it. Go Harper.

  • Welcome
    November 11, 2012 - 17:31

    You are always welcome on PEI but currently you are in the middle of a WASP nest here. Our Provincial Liberals are scandal plagued and even the quiet kiss-ass rural liberal MLA`s are even starting to squawk within their own ridings. Do what you say and say what you do and you will be fine. That is the opposite of Island Liberals.

  • I hope
    November 11, 2012 - 17:25

    "........ the party has gotten us to a place where people simply don’t trust us the way we would certainly like them to." I hope he's aware of the truth in this statement as applied to the provincial Liberals on the Island.

  • Not a Trudeau Fan
    November 11, 2012 - 16:30

    Justin Trudeau. Just another spoiled, over hyped politicians kid trying to bring "change" and fix all the problems. Sounds like a pathetic Premier of ours ... Ghiz 2.0 ?

  • Whatever
    November 11, 2012 - 15:39

    Look another "young" Robert Ghiz,...need I say more!

  • Independant
    November 11, 2012 - 15:02

    Oh great another Robert Ghiz.