Justin Trudeau made a brief stop in Weston last night to give a boost to local Liberal candidate Ahmed Hussen. About 200 people warmly greeted the politicians in a toasty room in a private school on Queens Drive.
Hussen gave a speech about how the community had contributed to his success. He promised that the Liberals would support programs such as those that helped him.
Trudeau spoke about bill C-24, which strips convicted terrorists of their Canadian citizenship, and C-51, a bill he regrets voting for. C-51 was a controversial bill that extended the power of government to detain and entrap suspected terrorists. The Liberal party supported it, likely to avoid giving the Conservatives ammunition in the upcoming election. Trudeau said last night that he would amend the law.
Your humble correspondent was struck, and pleased, by Trudeau’s speech. Surely he is taking a gamble by addressing elevated topics like civil liberties and the Charter rather than sticking to jobs, jobs, and jobs. It’s brave, too, to admit that he held his nose when voting for C-51. To me, this law doesn’t pass the garden fence test: you’re not likely to bring it up with your neighbour with your head over the rail. It’s odd then that he pointed the stink of a job badly done.
Finally, I was pleased by Trudeau’s accessibility. I couldn’t find any security, and he shook hands and walked around without any obvious mediation. He was not picked up in a limo or black Mercedes, as I had expected. He got in the passenger side of a Kia Sorrento. Cool.