Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Can Justin Trudeau beat Harper? ‘Just watch me,’ he quips

Federal Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau takes part in a debate in Vancouver, Jan. 20, 2013.

JONATHAN HAYWARD/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Justin Trudeau is following in his father's footsteps in pursuit of the Liberal leadership, and now he's using some of the former prime minister's most famous words.

On a nearly empty flight from Halifax to Ottawa Tuesday night, one passenger sent him a note asking: "Justin, can you really beat Harper? Wishing you all the best! Mike."

Invoking his father, Mr. Trudeau replied: "Mike, Just watch me."

Story continues below advertisement

The passenger, Michael Kydd, posted a picture and information about the encounter on Twitter. Mr. Trudeau later confirmed it.

The original phrase was uttered by then-prime-minister Pierre Trudeau when a CBC reporter asked him how far he would go in suspending civil liberties during the 1970 October Crisis.

Of course, in order to get a chance to beat Mr. Harper in an election, Justin Trudeau has to secure the Liberal leadership. Mr. Trudeau is the clear frontrunner in the race, according to internal polls made public by former leadership contender Marc Garneau when he left the race.

Though almost 300,000 members and supporters signed up to choose the new leader, less than half will be able to vote in the leadership election in April.

Report an error Licensing Options
About the Author
Assistant editor, Ottawa

Chris Hannay is assistant editor in The Globe's Ottawa bureau and author of the daily Politics newsletter. Previously, he was The Globe and Mail's digital politics editor, community editor for news and sports (working with social media and digital engagement) and a homepage editor. More

Comments

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨