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Justin Trudeau stands out as the least qualified among the Liberal leadership candidates

16 Jan

Andrew Coyne has written an (as usual) insightful piece on the candidates for the federal Liberal party, noting that the general level of education and accomplishment is high.

Though several of the nine are relatively unknown to most Canadians, they are not lacking credentials, he points out.

George Takach is a prominent Bay Street lawyer and professor with three degrees and four books under his belt. Karen McCrimmon was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Forces and the first woman to lead an RCAF squadron. David Bertschi was a Crown prosecutor and founding partner in his Ottawa law practice. Deborah Coyne (yes, my cousin) holds degrees from York and Oxford, taught constitutional law and was a central figure in the battles over the Meech Lake and Charlottetown accords.

Among the better-known candidates, Martha Hall Findlay has a solid legal and entrepreneurial background, Joyce Murray runs a company with 500 employees. Marc Garneau has a resume to die for.

All true. But what stuck out to me, once Coyne got down to the front-runner, was the fact that by far the least qualified candidate on the list is Justin Trudeau, who is heavily favoured to win. His most noteworthy accomplishment to date is in twice getting elected to a difficult seat in Quebec. That’s not nothing, but among the 308 Members of Parliament, there are no doubt several others who have held onto difficult seats.

Nonetheless, Trudeau is raking in the most money, gets the most attention, and has the easiest time getting his picture in the paper. Coyne’s argument is that the Liberals are on the right track and deserve a degree of respect for what they’re trying to do. I would agree with the argument that new ideas from bright people are a good thing, and a positive sign for a party that quit thinking a long time ago. But I can’t help feeling that the party will only diminish the respect it deserves if it picks the one guy in the crowd who is there largely on the basis of his parentage rather than his achievements.

National Post

via Justin Trudeau stands out as the least qualified among the Liberal leadership candidates | Full Comment | National Post.

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