• Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire
    The Conservatives have already begun slagging newly minted Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.

    Political parties often send one or two MPs to the conventions of their opponents.

    The Conservative Party's representative at the Liberal leadership announcement on Sunday, was none other than Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore. And he wasn't shy to voice his opinion about what transpired.

    Here's what he had to say:

    Yahoo!: So what do you think of the leadership results?

    Moore: Obviously no surprise but we'll see.

    I think you put the gun to the head of anybody in this room and you ask them 'quickly what would Justin Trudeau do as prime minister tomorrow', nobody knows.

    He didn't run on any policy, he ran on his celebrity status because he is the son of Pierre Trudeau. So that's an advantage, but that reservoir runs dry very quickly when people start actually looking for a prospective prime minister and there's a long way before he demonstrates that he's prepared to lead a G-8 nation.


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  • A graphic interpretation of Justin Trudeau's acceptance speech

    Justin Trudeau was named the new Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada on Sunday, capturing 80 per cent of vote that saw more than 104,000 party members and supporters cast ballots from every riding across the country.

    This is the speech that Trudeau gave Sunday night in Ottawa:

    Thank you, my friends, thank you

    Normally I'd start by thanking family and friends for putting up with my absences, with the long weeks on the road and the campaign, but that's exactly not entirely right in this situation.

    Never before in a leadership has family and friends been such an integral part. Family was never something I had in spite of this race. It was at the very root of why this race was so important to me. We did this together.

    Sophie, darling Sophie. Thank you very much. Thank you very much for your patience. Even when you were impatient with me. Thank you for your wisdom, even when you were frustrated with me. Thank you for being a great dance partner in all its different ways.


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  • Justin Trudeau wins Liberal leadership in convincing fashion. Reuters photo
    As expected, on Sunday, the Liberals gave Justin Trudeau the keys to their leaders' office.

    In convincing fashion, Trudeau won the leadership with over 80 per cent of first ballot votes (based on a system whereby each riding is given the same weight).

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    But is Trudeau the right leader for the Liberals, right now?

    We went to our political panel to get their thoughts on that question. Here's what they had to say:

    Gerry Nicholls, political analyst, former Vice President of the National Citizens Coalition:

    I think he’s definitely the right leader for the Liberals. True, he’s a relative novice, he has not yet been battle tested, his current popularity could turn out to be nothing but a “sugar high”, but all the same, Trudeau embodies something the battered Liberals desperately need right now,: hope. Having him as a leader is a gamble, but it’s a gamble the Liberals have to take.

    Alex Tsakumis, political

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  • Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire, son Xavier and daughter Ella-Grace. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
    Moments after Justin Trudeau was named the new leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, he did the verbal equivalent of rolling up his sleeves, vowing that now, after years of directionless politics, rotating leaders and infighting, it was time to earn back the trust of Canada.

    Trudeau, the eldest son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, used his coronation to publicly call for the end of old divisions in the party. It was that infighting that led Canadians to abandon the Liberals, he said. They needed to do a better job to earn their trust back.

    “I don’t care if you thought my father was great or arrogant,” Trudeau said Sunday night in front of a cheering Ottawa convention hall. “It doesn’t matter to me if you were a Chretien-Liberal, a Turner-Liberal, a Martin-Liberal or any other kind of Liberal. The era of hyphenated Liberals ends right here, right now, tonight.

    “From this day forward, we welcome all Liberals as Canadian Liberals. United in our dedication to serve and lead

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  • Liberal Party website
    If there is one thing you can say about the Liberal Party of Canada’s leadership campaign, it's that it has been an inclusive affair. When more people cast votes on who should become the leader of a third-ranked political party than live in some provinces, you’ve got to tip your cap.

    In choosing the replacement for interim leader Bob Rae, the party chose to take a different tact than your average party election. Instead of allowing a select group of delegates throw support behind various candidates, the Liberal Party gave everyone a chance to speak.

    Everyone. That is party members and those who consider themselves party supporters. There were 127,264 such people registered to vote on whether it would be Justin Trudeau or one of his opponents who would take the helm.

    A week of voting closed at 3 p.m. on Sunday, just hours before the new leader would be announced. According to the official tally for votes was 103,741. That is a lot of cooks stirring the stew.

    [ Political Points: It’s

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  • Thomas Mulcair (Reuters)
    For almost three days at the NDP policy convention in Montreal, Thomas Mulcair and the New Democrats tried to avoid the L word — the L word being Liberals, of course.

    Organizers instead wanted to focus on attacking the Conservatives and re-jigging their own brand — delegates passed a resolution omitting overt references to socialism in the preamble to their constitution.

    [ Related: NDP looks towards 2015 with softer language in party books ]

    On Sunday, in a post-conference media scrum, just hours before the Liberals were about to name their new leader, Mulcair was, however, forced to talked about the elephant in the room: the Justin Trudeau Liberals.

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    For a leader of a party who is taking a dive in the polls, Mulcair certainly seems confident.

    Here are some excerpts from the scrum:

    On the election of a new Liberal leader:

    [The person they elect today] will be their seventh leader in ten years so they have a lot

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  • Justin Trudeau says he's not trying to solidify policy while campaigning for the leadership of the Liberal party. …Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau is the exact opposite of an unknown entity. He has been in the public spotlight since he was a wee child causing headaches for the security detail at 24 Sussex Drive.

    Even people who don’t follow Canadian politics know Trudeau, and by now they know he is at least the candidate likely to be named the new leader of the Liberal Party of Canada at a convention in Ottawa on Sunday.

    By now, there have been hundreds of articles written about who Trudeau is and what he stands for. And, yes, you have likely seen just as much attention paid to perceived gaps in his policy book, the “rookie mistakes” he has made and what form the Liberal party would take under his leadership.

    You know his name, you know his lineage and you probably even know about the charity boxing match. But here are eight things you may not know about the man likely to be named the next leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

    1. Justin Trudeau was born on Dec. 25, 1971 – Christmas

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  • After almost two years without a permanent leader, a six month campaign with five debates in five provinces and endless press about Justin Trudeau, the federal Liberals will finally crown their new leader on Sunday evening.

    As of midnight Saturday, 99,268 registered voters cast their votes online or by telephone.

    To put that into perspective, 65,108 individuals voted in the NDP leadership race in 2012 and 97,761 people voted for in the last Conservative leadership race in 2004.

    [ Related: Ahead of the Liberal leadership announcement, the NDP look to re-brand ]

    That number will undoubtedly go higher: Liberal members and supporters have until 3 p.m. (EST) to vote.

    At 5 p.m., the candidates, their supporters and Liberal Party brass will descend upon the Westin Hotel in Ottawa for the official announcement.

    The agenda for that event is as follows:

    5:00: National Anthem
    5:02: Welcome by the Co-Chairs
    5:06: Remarks by the LPC President
    5:10: Remarks by the Rt Hon Jean Chrétien

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  • Haven't we been down this road before?

    The front of pages of most major newspapers this weekend have a picture of Justin Trudeau's mug.

    The polls tell us that a Trudeau-led Liberal Party can win a majority government in 2015.

    Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire

    Barring a major surprise on Sunday evening, Trudeau will win his party's leadership in convincing fashion. But before we just hand the keys to 24 Sussex to Trudeau, maybe we all just need to get a grip.

    Many in the media are fond of saying that Trudeau follows in the footsteps of his father. True, but he could also follow in the footsteps of a cadre of leaders who were going to save the Liberal Party.

    In the words of Yogi Berra, 'it's déjà vu all over again.'

    [ Related: What's in a name: Justin Trudeau has the political dynasty advantage ]

    In the early 1980s, the Liberals elected an attractive Bay Street golden boy by the name of John Turner as their leader. He was young, he had cabinet experience and he was smart — he was a Rhodes Scholar.

    Going into the

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  • Just over one year after their leadership convention, New Democrats are still very content with Thomas Mulcair.

    On Saturday, at the party's policy convention in Montreal, delegates were asked if they would like to commence a new leadership contest: 92.3 per cent of the delegates in attendance said no.

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    Thomas Mulcair (Reuters)

    92 per cent is an impressive number for Mulcair.

    According to Rabble.ca, 98 per cent of the delegates at the NDP 2011 convention rejected the need for a leadership review for then leader Jack Layton.

    The Globe and Mail notes that Stephen Harper got 84 per cent approval from delegates in his first leadership confidence vote in 2005.

    Some of those voting in favour of the review might have been reacting to the recent Nanos Research poll which suggests that Justin Trudeau — who is expected to win the Liberal leadership on Sunday — has been rising in the opinion polls to the detriment of Mulcair. The

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