Umm didn't we already kinda do that? What experience did JT have? Wasn't he just a good looking kid with a famous name?
Yes that was the knock on JT - was lack of experience, but it was incorrect, and simply used as a negative tactic by Stephen Harper and the Conservatives.
On the contrary to being inexperienced - Trudeau, trained in school to be a Teacher and served as a teacher for a number of years. People in politics tell me, great teachers, make for good politicians.
Next he was elected as an MP and served as a back-bencher in parliament for a few years. Then ran for Leader of the Liberals, which he won. He then got to serve, not as the Opposition Leader ( a high profile role) - but the Leader of the 3rd Party in the House for a few years - a humbling role. During this time, he traveled the country extensively, doing Town Halls taking completely unfiltered questions from anyone (and often getting verbally beat up in the process) focusing on areas of the country that the Liberals were week in - Western Canada, and the suburban Toronto area.
So in total prior to actually being the PM, he had about 15 years of good experience and training to reach that point!
He's also savvy enough to know that while being a famous PM's son, he knows that, that also comes with a negative side as well, and he accepts that, and adjusts accordingly.
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