JUSTIN TRUDEAU CALLS FOR END TO DISCUSSIONS ON QUEBEC NATIONALISM

Dec 11, 2012

By Jane Brown

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Justin Trudeau says he has no intention of getting bogged down in the constitutional squabbling that consumed a generation of politicians in his father’s day. During a tour of Quebec yesterday, the Federal Liberal leadership candidate was asked whether he would ever re-open the Constitution to recognize the province as a nation. Trudeau answered, “Nobody’s worried.  People are worried about their jobs.  People are worried where we’re going in the future, how we’re going to engage with the world, how we’re going to make sure our kids are going to have opportunities.  These are old, old fights that are still very important to a small fragment of the population that’s outraged that I said can we please move on to something else.  I’m going to repeat it.  Can we please move on to something else?”  Trudeau says he isn’t closing the discussion forever.  He just isn’t persuaded by the argument of nationalists that it’s a pressing priority.

Justin Trudeau is the son of the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.  He’s one of 10 candidates running to become the next leader of the Federal Liberal party, which lost it’s status as the official opposition in last year’s National election.

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