He's never led a political party, he's never been a cabinet minister, and he says he doesn't even want the job — but Canadians seem ready to anoint Justin Trudeau our next prime minister.
According to a new Angus Reid poll released Monday, if Trudeau became the leader of the Liberals he would catapult the party from third place to first place virtually overnight.
A Liberal Party led by Pierre Trudeau's son would become the national frontrunner (40 per cent), with substantial leads over Stephen Harper's Conservatives (30 per cent) and Tom Mulcair's NDP (21 per cent).
In a recent column for Sun News, Liberal insider Warren Kinsella outlined 10 reasons why Trudeau would be a popular choice for Canadians.
Here are a few of them:
- He's the only likely leadership candidate with a proven appeal to young people, women and new Canadians
- He's got more charisma than the royal family and Lady Gaga combined. In Ottawa, which is Hollywood for ugly people, that matters. On the election hustings, when measured against Trudeau, Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair will look like Angry Old Guys.
- He's got regional appeal. Some westerners will hiss that he carries the burden of his dad's [National Energy Policy], for example, but they aren't the westerners who have ever voted Liberal. There's still enough of a Liberal plurality across Canada to secure successive majorities -- as his dad did, as Chretien did.
- To New Democratic voters, Trudeau will look like much more of a progressive than Mulcair.
- He's got great hair.
In 1968, Justin's father — Pierre Elliott Trudeau — ran to become Canada's prime minister and brought youthfulness and a promise of change.
As CBC News describes it , the senior Trudeau "became a political pop star, attracting admirers whose dedication rivaled that of Beatles fans."
Canada called it 'Trudeaumania.'
Is this 'Trudeaumania' part 2? It sure looks like it.
Poll Methodology: From June 15 to June 16, 2012, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey among 1,500 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panellists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.5%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Canada.