Tuesday, November 14, 2006

"Celui qui comprend le plus les vrais besoins des Quebecois"

For the Democrats, the Kennedys are political royalty and for the Liberals, it's always been the Trudeaus. So it certainly brought a smile to my face to see Justin Trudeau speaking highly of a Canadian Kennedy:



For those wanting the English version, here's my rough recap of what Justin had to say:

About the race: The focus is on regaining the confidence of Canadians. For me, it's simple, the Liberal Party must change. There needs to be real renewal, new ideas, and a new way to think.

Kennedy: Kennedy has the difficulty that he's not well known in Quebec. His French is alright but not excellent - his wife is Acadian, his children are bilingual. He really has a vision which is very clear and new. I'd strongly encourage people, especially those here in Quebec, to look at Kennedy a bit closer. He might not be an instinctive choice for Quebecers but what he's saying about social justice, about the economy...his understanding of the people - he's the one who best understands the real needs of Quebecers.

23 Comments:

  • While it's not a full endorsement, it's certainly a great comment. And it's something I firmly believe, as an ex-inhabitant of Quebec, and a supporter of Kennedy. He can win in Quebec, he just needs to be known there first.

    By Blogger UWHabs, at 6:18 PM  

  • its a fabulous endorsement.

    By Blogger Chuckercanuck, at 7:30 PM  

  • CG actually left out a bit from Justin's rambling comments, in which he parenthetically adds, "not to say that I endorse him." But that amounts to a technicality; he obviously thinks very highly of Kennedy. His nice words about Dion are pro forma in comparison. And a Trudeau's name carries at least some weight in Quebec, which is why this interview happened.

    An interesting anglicism creeps in when he says Dion "est autour depuis des années." He means Dion has been around for years, but you wouldn't actually say that in French unless you were thinking it in English. Not a criticism, just a reflection of Justin's years living mostly in English. Everybody brainfarts like that when they're living in both languages.

    - wells, showing off my French

    By Blogger Paul, at 7:42 PM  

  • oh, that's a great catch. I would say "autour depuis des annees" under stress, maybe sneak past with "ca fait des annees qui est la" in a lucky situation.

    By Blogger Chuckercanuck, at 7:45 PM  

  • ''its a fabulous endorsement. ''

    Are you serious? This guy has done nothing in his life. He is only known because of is family name. Why would it be a better endorsment than an other guy, let's say Paul Smith from Toronto?

    By Blogger ecrelin, at 7:52 PM  

  • Because Paul Smith isn't chased around for exclusive interviews all the time.

    "This guy has done nothing in his life."

    Sigh... what silliness people are driven to.

    By Blogger Dan McKenzie, at 8:09 PM  

  • ecrelin,

    the quality of an endorsement is not proportionate to your measure of the person doing the endorsing. Its how the public measures - and they love him.

    By Blogger Chuckercanuck, at 8:22 PM  

  • First,

    If you know anything about Justin Trudeau, the man's an environmentalist.

    Come again?

    I said the man's an environmentalist.

    Second, he didn't outright endorse Kennedy.

    Notice that I'm not saying anything bad about Kennedy. The man's a good candidate.

    By Blogger Jeremy Kirouac, at 8:42 PM  

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    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 8:52 PM  

  • Good news, but a formal endorsement would be better. I've actually been waiting for Kennedy to snag a Quebec name to get some traction in the province. A Trudeau endorsement would make some waves, particularly because the press would over-emphasize his importance.

    By Blogger Steve V, at 9:26 PM  

  • I would have challenged him to name two things Kennedy would do as PM.

    I couldn't.

    By Blogger Hammering Jow, at 9:31 PM  

  • Two things Kennedy would do as PM...move into 24 Sussex...and build a cabinet that does not include David Emerson

    By Blogger Small Town Shyster, at 10:51 PM  

  • I see some upside here for Kennedy, but the downside is that any association with the Trudeau brand will make him unelectable in Alberta.

    ;)

    By Blogger Winnipeg Liberal, at 12:01 AM  

  • winnipeg liberal,

    Have to disagree with you on that one. Kennedy is strong in AB. He could win a seat in Edmonton if he wanted to. I don't think Justin Trudeau will change that.

    By Blogger jnpliberal, at 12:15 AM  

  • As someone who has been around for years, I view Dion as a youngster.

    Someone did a study of the ages of sucessful Canadian Prime Ministers.

    I believe the average age was 57.

    That may seem old to some of you.

    Just remember that many of us were or will be 45, 46 or 39 (Joe Clark) at one point in our lives.

    What did we learn from our political experience?

    Can we make the best decision for Canada when it is our time to do so?

    And will Canadians trust us with that responsibility?

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 12:50 AM  

  • Justin was originally known for just a name and a eulogy - but to be fair the man has done a tremendous amount of work with youth in the last few years. The guy is definately planting the seeds for politics, and it's just a matter now of if he wants it or not.

    As for the endorsement, it's never a bad thing. Kennedy's had trouble staying in the news lately so he needs something.

    By Blogger Shawn, at 12:59 AM  

  • Yeah, obviously an official endorsement would carry a lot more weight and get more media.

    It'd mean a lot more for Kennedy too given his lack of precense (to put it really mildly) in Quebec.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 1:01 AM  

  • And don't forget to nominate CG for Best Canadian Blog at the Weblog Awards!

    By Blogger Dana, at 1:51 AM  

  • Good for young Mr. Trudeau.

    He would make a nice young MP when Kennedy becomes PM in 2010 or so.

    By Blogger Manitoba Liberal, at 9:51 AM  

  • Sigh, I am so tired of people holding Justin Trudeau up on a pedestal.

    J.T has no more insight into the party than anyone else. His endorsement of Kennedy, in my eyes, means nothing more than an endorsement from any other person on the street.

    By Blogger JenB, at 12:00 PM  

  • This is the translation of Justin Trudeau's quote from the article.

    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    Justin Trudeau Has Contradicted Ignatieff Supporters
    Canadian Press Montreal

    Justin Trudeau estimates that Michael Ignatieff lacks the " necessary wisdom " to succeed Paul Martin for the head of the Liberal Party of Canada (PLC).

    In an interview released Monday with Domenica Pear tree on line, on the waves of RDI, the elder son of late the Prime Minister Pierre-Eliott Trudeau draws up a not very flattering portrait of Mr. Ignatieff. "(..)

    Mr. Ignatieff is all over the place, he contradicts himself and does not speak with the clarity that my father could have", declares Justin Trudeau, who in addition praises the daring and clear thought of his father.

    The son of the ex-first Canadian minister does not believe either that Bob Rae is the ideal candidate to help the PLC to regain the support of the voters. "I do not think that he has the great vision necessary", according to Justin Trudeau.

    He hesitates between Stephan Dion, for his wisdom, and Gerald Kennedy, for his clear and new vision. He invites Quebeckers to be interested a little more in Mr. Kennedy, who is little known in Quebec.

    Additionally, Justin Trudeau deplores Mr. Ignatieff for restarting the debate on the recognition of the Québécois nation within the Liberal Party and there sees it as a waste of time.

    "Why do we set ourselves up debating definitions when we have bigger issues to resolve? Let us stop talking about it and move on to other things ", affirms Justin Trudeau.

    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    I feel so old ....

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 3:28 PM  

  • The complete interview is available here
    http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2006/11/13/002-justin-trudeau.shtml#

    By Blogger Bass, at 4:09 PM  

  • "Sigh, I am so tired of people holding Justin Trudeau up on a pedestal."

    Sigh away, but that doesn't subtract from the fact that Justin guarantees press. Of course he is just one person, but all that matters is which people the media speak too. Trudeau carries disportionate weight.

    By Blogger Steve V, at 9:07 PM  

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