At Last, Marc Garneau Challenges Justin Trudeau To Talk Policy

At last, Marc Garneau challenges Justin Trudeau to talk policy, distinguishes himself from the perceived front-runner, and dares Canadians to chose ideas over a famous name.

by: Obert Madondo  | February 15, 2013

Marc Garneau
Marc Garneau

Finally, Montreal MP and former astronaut Marc Garneau has done the three things he should have done at the beginning of the federal Liberal leadership contest.

He’s pushed Justin Trudeau to start talking about policy over platitudes. He’s challenged the perceived front-runner to define his “bold” plan and “clear vision”. Canada’s first person in space has distinguished himself from Trudeau.

Basically, Garneau is challenging Liberals and Canadians to chose ideas over a name. Brilliant!

In a statement posted on campaign website, Garneau says leadership means taking a stand:

I believe this leadership race is the time for the party to vigorously debate the issues of importance to Liberals, to Canadians; to define where we stand as a party; and to select the person who can best lead us.

That’s the fundamental difference between Justin Trudeau and myself.

Justin believes telling Canadians we need a ‘bold’ plan and a ‘clear vision’ without defining either is good enough. He speaks in vague generalities, and on his two key priorities – the middle-class and youth – he has presented no direction.

Justin says he will do that after the Liberal leadership race is over – sometime before the next election in 2015.

As Liberals, we cannot wait that long to find out what we signed up for.

That is like asking Canadians to buy a new car without first test-driving it.

We must know what we are voting for, not just who we are voting for. MORE

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based progressive blogger, and the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive. Follow me on Twitter: @Obiemad

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based blogger, activist, photographer, digital rights enthusiast, former political aide, and former international development administrator. Obert is the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive and The Zimbabwean Progressive, both of which are independent political blogs dedicated to producing fearless, progressive, adversarial, unapologetic, and activism-oriented journalism situated right at the intersection of politics, technology and human rights. Follow Obert on Twitter: @Obiemad
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