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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau
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Trudeau’s Liberals need modern red machine

Justin Trudeau showed nerves when he bounded on stage Thursday night, missing the moment to bask in delegates’ cheers by rushing into his speech. It didn’t matter. There was another moment planned, a video call to his pregnant wife Sophie Grégoire and his kids playing in their pyjamas.

It’s part of the flair for creating moments that the Liberal Leader and his advisers have displayed, from suddenly booting senators out of caucus to visiting Quebec Premier Pauline Marois to be the first to trash her plan to bar religious symbols in the public service. The attention-grabbing stagecraft has helped push a star-image leader to the top of the polls. There’s more at this week’s Liberal convention in Montreal, with glitzy visuals and star-candidate speeches, to portray the party as a reviving force.