Michael Den Tandt wrote an excellent piece on Justin Trudeau’s lost mojo yesterday, and I highly encourage everyone to read it. This is actually something I’ve been thinking about for the past several months so it’s good to see that I’m not alone on it: something has happened to Trudeau.
When Trudeau first became leader of the Liberal Party, he promised a new type of politics – a different type of politics. This message was complemented by the fact that he spoke a little differently and acted a little differently than your typical politician. He even looked different – he looked energetic, committed and confident when compared to Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair, burnishing his credentials even further.
Thus, I was never really concerned about Trudeau’s comments on the budget balancing itself or the apparent nimbleness of the Chinese government – this was simply the cost of “Trudeau being Trudeau” to borrow an expression from Den Tandt. The Conservatives would certainly exploit these comments, but the threat was minimal because the comments spoke directly to the sense of spontaneity and authenticity that attracted people to Trudeau in the first place. These were his key attributes and the Tories were simply highlighting them for the Liberals.