This past spring, he came out as definitively pro-choice in the abortion debate — a position he reiterated last month with a breathtakingly candid tweet: “The days when old men get to decide what a woman does with her body are long gone. #LPC defends rights.” He’s had push-back from a few long-time party members, but some politics watchers say it was a smart move that could bring a lot of female voters onside — and help finally establish a clear Justin Trudeau identity, as a woman-friendly candidate.
Inside the Trudeau house, it’s glorious chaos as the family prepares for a photo shoot.
Then again, it’s also possible that the move is simply a spontaneous gesture. While he displays a canny understanding of how things will play in front of an audience (think of his now-famous eulogy to his father, which ended with an emotional “”), he also feels so at ease under a zoom lens that he’s unafraid to try out fresh material (recently, critics pounded him mercilessly for suggesting that the Canadian government should provide humanitarian support to the anti-Islamic State coalition, “rather than trying to whip out our CF-18s and show them how big they are”).
The result is a candidate whom some view as smarmily media-savvy and others think of as an untrained puppy.
Pierre may have been a philosopher king, with a roguish personality that played well in front of an audience, but he wasn’t as “emotionally intuitive” as Justin considers himself to be.
“My father found cocktail parties challenging.” Ask whom he most resembles in his family and he goes straight to his mother’s side, citing his grandfather Jimmy Sinclair, a long-time Liberal MP in Vancouver.
That’s a lot of potential messaging packed into a five-second party trick.
They are on the phone all times of the day and any day of the year.