Liberal leader and incoming prime minister Justin Trudeau makes his way to the stage with wife Sophie Gregoire at Liberal party headquarters in Montreal early Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Liberal leader and incoming prime minister Justin Trudeau makes his way to the stage with wife Sophie Gregoire at Liberal party headquarters in Montreal early Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

In the aftermath of a federal election, lots of conversations have been spurred.  Some hopeful, some fearful.  I’ve spoken with some that are overjoyed, and I’ve heard hushed voices warning of dire things to come.  It was one conversation that sticks out in my mind though, and it’s one that I want to share (paraphrased, of course, and without naming names)…

Whether you support the Liberals or not, that is the party that as of November 4 will lead our country with a majority government.  The voice of Canada has spoken, and it has done so with the highest voter turnout in 20 years.  It’s time now for Mr. Trudeau to prove he’s worth the votes that were cast for him, and it’s our responsibility to give him that chance.  And this is what this conversation hinged around…whether you voted for him or not, we need to put some faith in him.  He earned the spotlight, let’s see how he dances.

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image from ctv.ca

Maybe a charismatic young face that promises transparency and change is just what we need.  I’ll admit that seeing him walk through Jarry metro station without an entourage and shaking hands with people was an uplifting thing to see.  I hope that he’s able to keep that attitude and see through the next 4 years without succumbing to the negativity that so often accompanies office.  I know that I’ve slammed politicians before, and I have no doubt that I will again, but this time I’m going to approach it with hope.

And I encourage everyone else to as well.  Maybe with enough of it, we can avoid the dark outcomes some have speculated. Because I’d rather be proven wrong and have things go right, than be right and have things go wrong.

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Comments
  1. Monica Martin says:

    Really appreciate your balance between not compromising your own opinion, and a message of hope and positivity, Matt.

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