Is Justin Trudeau the candidate women have been waiting for?

He’s pro-choice, family first and hell-bent on engaging female voters in the next federal election. An exclusive look inside the Liberal leader’s home and his political playbook.

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Photo, Maude Chauvin.

 

Justin Trudeau is doing his baby trick again, and his communications director is having a minor convulsion. She sucks in her breath just a little as he wraps his fingers around his son Hadrien’s feet and hoists the giggling five-month-old in the air in the palm of his hand. The baby is still months away from being able to stand on his own, and according to the rules of most child development charts, he should be about to topple soft-skull-first onto the paving stones outside the family’s home in Ottawa’s tony Rockcliffe neighbourhood.

But as Hadrien rises, his chubby legs lock; he looms high above, standing stoutly, unbelievably, upright in his father’s hand. The baby flashes a drooling smile. “Oh, tu es fier — très, très fier,” says Trudeau, grinning at his son. He’s done the same thing with other people’s infants at campaign events. It’s an attention-getter that sends parents lunging for their babies while scrambling for their cellphone cameras, but Trudeau insists they shouldn’t worry. He always holds babies close to his chest first, he says, checking that they’re able to lock their knees. If they can, he knows they won’t buckle.

“Okay, let’s head inside,” Trudeau’s aide, Mylène Dupéré, says firmly, leading him toward the house. She’s clearly glad the stunt is over, but she knows the boss has pulled off a show-stopping moment. It’s Baby Kissing 2.0, and it projects a bunch of images that could help Trudeau in the next election: a loving, hands-on parent; a warm, approachable counterpoint to Stephen Harper; and his father’s son — a charismatic leader who understands the value of a well-timed pirouette or a slide down a royal banister.

That’s a lot of potential messaging packed into a five-second party trick. Then again, it’s also possible that the move is simply a spontaneous gesture. It’s hard to tell with Justin Trudeau. While he displays a canny understanding of how things will play in front of an audience (think of his now-famous eulogy to his father, which ended with an emotional “Je t’aime, Papa”), he also feels so at ease under a zoom lens that he’s unafraid to try out fresh material (recently, critics pounded him mercilessly for suggesting that the Canadian government should provide humanitarian support to the anti-ISIS coalition, “rather than trying to whip out our CF-18s and show them how big they are”). The result is a candidate whom some view as smarmily media-savvy and others think of as an untrained puppy.

Many voters aren’t sweating the details: They already like what they see in Trudeau — his storied lineage, his youthful energy, his awesome hair. With a new memoir, Common Ground, out on October 21 and a party platform in the works, he hopes to add depth to what has so far been a superficial public image — and baby trick aside, he’s hell-bent on engaging women in the coming election.

He’s recruited a roster of impressive female candidates and taken a strong, clear stand on women’s reproductive rights. This past spring, he came out as definitively pro-choice in the abortion debate — a position he reiterated last month with a breathtakingly candid tweet: “The days when old men get to decide what a woman does with her body are long gone. Times have changed for the better. #LPC defends rights.” He’s had push-back from a few long-time party members, but some politics watchers say it was a smart move that could bring a lot of female voters onside — and help finally establish a clear Justin Trudeau identity, as a woman-friendly candidate.

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Photo, Maude Chauvin.

 

Inside the Trudeau house, it’s glorious chaos as the family prepares for a photo shoot. Xavier, Trudeau’s seven-year-old son, is slashing the air with a samurai sword. “A real one,” he pronounces (at a glance, that appears to be true). Ella-Grace, 5, is hauling Hadrien around the room under one arm. Their mother, Sophie Grégoire, is having her makeup done. “Why are your eyes so black, Mama?” Xavier asks. It’s mascara, she explains. He makes a face, and she grimaces back, twisting her hands into claws: “Pas de maquillage, pas de barrettes, pas de vêtements — c’est mieux.” Naked is best, she says. Even with a fresh layer of makeup on, she comes across as unvarnished and unscripted. An earnest, yoga-practising, whole-foods-eating earth mom, Grégoire is the sort of person who talks about growing vegetables in the backyard, then corrects herself and says that she doesn’t really grow them: Mother Nature does. She’s got a sticker on her Odyssey minivan that reads, Love Is the Answer.

But there’s an easy, self-deprecating wittiness to her too. Their stately, ivy-covered two-storey home, hasn’t been staged for visitors or scoured of signs of life. The fridge is covered in photos: Grégoire in the bathtub with a baby; Xavier with Trudeau’s mother, Margaret; Grégoire and Trudeau in his father’s Mercedes-Benz convertible. And then there’s Grégoire’s magnet collection. One reads, “You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you realize they’re all frogs.” Another: “And by charming, I mean hung like a horse.”

Trudeau has disappeared for 20 minutes, but now he returns to the frenzy of the room, holding a wailing Hadrien. He’s been trying to put him down, but the baby won’t sleep. “Fâché, fâché, fâché,” he says ruefully. Someone whisks the baby away.

Tucking her bare feet (mauve-painted toenails) under herself on a couch, Grégoire is calm, happy, unflappable in the midst of the swirling room, though she skips a beat when she hears that Trudeau’s been tossing the baby. She’s fine with the standing-kid stunt, she says, but she hadn’t heard about what he did for an encore: Lowering Hadrien to waist height, he’d flipped the infant on his side and spun him in the air, fast. The baby, gobsmacked, rolled like a crazily time-lapsed rotisserie chicken, executing a flawless 360 in mid-air.

“He did the roll?” she asks, eyebrows rising. “That’s new.” Her voice takes on a tone of faux menace. “Oooooh, Justin . . .” She pronounces his name the French way, accenting the second syllable of his name and letting it drag on with an exasperated sigh. She smiles as she does it. A former TV host, Grégoire also understands the power of the telegenic gesture. And she knows that this is their life now. Over the next year, every move of theirs will be minutely analyzed.

Ella-Grace’s now on top of Xavier, giving him a noogie. The photographer calls the family to the couch, and they sit down dutifully, Grégoire and Xavier at one end, Trudeau and Ella-Grace at the other. Everyone argues over who gets to hold the baby (Trudeau wins). For a moment or two, they maintain their positions. Then Grégoire and Trudeau start vamping for the camera. He crosses his eyes, she gently nips Xavier’s arm. Xavier bites back. They pile on top of each other in a grinning, happy, highly photogenic mess.

 

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Photo, Maude Chauvin.

 

Outside on the patio, Trudeau — sockless, cuffs undone, yet still impeccable in khakis and a blue windowpane shirt — talks about why he’s written a memoir. “It’s important that people understand who I am and where I come from,” he says, “and not just have it shaped by purely political discourse.”  Growing up, he says, the question he could never get away from was “Are you going to go into politics?” Now that he has, the question he can’t escape is “How similar are you to your father?” In interviews, and in his book, he’s quick to differentiate between himself and the elder Trudeau. He loves the outdoors like his father did, but his strengths are different. Pierre may have been a philosopher king, with a roguish personality that played well in front of an audience, but he wasn’t as “emotionally intuitive” as Justin considers himself to be. “My father found cocktail parties challenging.” Ask whom he most resembles in his family and he goes straight to his mother’s side, citing his grandfather Jimmy Sinclair, a long-time Liberal MP in Vancouver. “Jimmy was very much a ‘man’s man,’ with all the charisma and outsized personality of a true old-school retail politician,” Trudeau writes in his memoir. “It was Jimmy’s door-to-door campaign style, not my dad’s, that I took as my model.”

Dupéré sits with us during the interview, but the answers Trudeau provides feel unrehearsed — or at least, some do. Books that have made a lasting impression on him, for instance? The works of Stephen King. It’s the sort of honest, unpremeditated answer that has earned him a reputation as an intellectual lightweight. (Asked at an event last year to name a foreign government he admired, he made the unfortunate decision to cite China.) But later his political instincts steer him toward a more prime ministerial response, and he slips in a savvy reference to Thomas Piketty, the French economist who’s written a high-profile treatise on income inequality.

The way he handles the book question says a lot: He’s well aware that there are implications to everything he says and does, and he has a sophisticated understanding of political branding. But he chafes at the notion that this sometimes means he shouldn’t be his genuine self. What he’d like to do, he says, is move past the branding and talk about real issues, nudge political dialogue into substantive discussions: “If you can get past that surface level upon which so much is built, then you can have real conversations about what matters.”

He took an early step in that direction this past spring by announcing that candidates vying to represent the Liberals in 2015 are expected to support the party’s pro-choice position. Former Liberal staffer Jordan Owens, now a pollster with Gandalf Group (which polls for the Liberals), says the stand sent a strong signal: “He’s showing that he trusts women, listens to women . . . and that he can trust them to make their own decisions,” she says. Politically, the stand doesn’t constitute a huge risk. Canadian women have grown increasingly pro-choice over the past 10 years: A recent Ekos poll shows 76 percent identify that way. Symbolically, though, the position Trudeau took matters, Owens says. “It takes a huge burden off all of us who feel we need to be fighting for basic rights like access to abortion. Now that we know we don’t have to do that, we can think about other things, like economic issues.”

How Trudeau includes women in debate around some of these other, broader issues will reveal a lot, Owens says. “I’ve always objected to the idea that there are women-only issues.” Packaging up policy statements on childcare or education into their own binder — à la the Liberal Party’s famous “pink book,” a staple of many campaigns — trivializes those issues and reinforces stereotypical gender roles.

Owens thinks Trudeau will be more of a big-tent leader, bringing women out of their binders and into the broader political dialogue. She’s also encouraged that he’s got a roster of strong female candidates with depth and expertise across a broad range of issues, from well-known incumbents like Toronto MPs Chrystia Freeland and Carolyn Bennett to newcomers like Whitby-Oshawa candidate Celina Caesar-Chavannes. These are women with “chops as well as children,” says Siri Agrell, a former aide to Ontario’s Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne and currently a communications strategist with Pilot PMR. And some of his key advisers, including his campaign co-chair Katie Telford, are women.

Telford says the party has worked hard to recruit women for this election, especially those with school-age children. That’s the group that’s rarest among parliamentarians, she says, since working as an MP means spending so much time in Ottawa, away from family life. But it’s a demographic with important insights for a party that’s highlighting the plight of middle-class families as an election issue.

Still, breaking through means first finding potential candidates, and then convincing them to run. A group of young women involved with the party took on the first challenge by launching a digital campaign that invited Canadians to nominate women they believed would make strong candidates. About 500 nominations poured in, and each one received a personal email from Telford inviting them to run. “Research shows that you tend to have to ask women more times than you do with men,” she says, so the campaign followed up repeatedly with about 200 women who expressed at least initial interest. Caesar-Chavannes, an entrepreneur with three children and no previous political experience, was one of them.

About a third of the party’s candidates are now women, and Telford says the party hopes to increase that number as the nomination process continues. (The NDP holds the record: It fielded women in 41 percent of ridings in the 2011 election.) The next challenge is supporting them through the nomination and election process. And to help make political life more palatable, she says the Liberals are also trying to “get creative” in their thinking about what’s required of MPs. “We’re looking at telecommuting, more flexible schedules — the whole changing role of work,” says Telford. “That’s really important to Justin and his family. He’s a father, and he can identify with that work plight.”

He’s also encouraging MPs like Chrystia Freeland to bring children to events, where appropriate, to change the image of public life. “It’s something that Justin does too,” Telford says. So far, the female-friendly approach seems to be working. A late September Ekos poll showed him with the highest level of support among the three big party leaders: 37 percent of women said they favoured Trudeau, compared with 28 percent for Mulcair and 21 percent for Stephen Harper.

Polling shows that female voters feel consistently underrepresented in Ottawa, says Queen’s University politics professor Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. (The number of women who’ve been elected to Parliament since 1867: 257. The number of male MPs with the first name John in the same period: 302.) Through his roster of women candidates and his perceived openness to women’s perspectives, Trudeau could be a game changer, hauling so-called “women’s issues” into the 21st century.

 

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Photo, Maude Chauvin.

The photo shoot has moved outside, to the garden. Trudeau dangles Hadrien playfully over the backyard pool. Grégoire doesn’t blink. The photographer shoots the vegetable patch, a gorgeous biodynamic plot that a friend helped Grégoire plant. Then someone suggests that the family jump in the pool. Trudeau laughs it off, then pauses as though he can see it — how it’ll play on the page, how it’ll showcase their sense of fun, project a “Canadian political dynasties are just like you” insouciance. It’s the perfect way to introduce his “famille des fous.”

“Oui! C’est nous!” he says, and he turns to convince Grégoire.

She’s already there. She can see it too, and starts miming how they’ll look in the pool, elbows on the edge, beaming faces peering up at the photographer — just like a Vanity Fair shoot.

They wade in.

EXCLUSIVE: More photos of the Trudeaus at home

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include the fact that Jordan Owens and Siri Agrell have previous professional ties to the Liberal Party.  

193 comments on “Is Justin Trudeau the candidate women have been waiting for?

  1. Is this a joke? How does a man holding his baby recklessly deserve to be highlighted. Just think what he will do to our budget if he will act like this with his own family.

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    • Trudeau spent his first few years as a Member of Parliament travelling the country charging speaking fees to schools, charities, library associations, literacy groups and other family centered organizations. Charged fees while being paid as a Member of Parliament. Chatelaine has shown a bias by allowing those with professional ties to the Liberal party to write this article. Disappointing.

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      • what a wonderful article !!! Cannot wait to be able to say Prime Minister Trudeau once again !

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        • Yes he has awesome hair! This is why I do not subscribe to this mag!

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        • You must be out of your mind or very immature, either way….you need to look more closely at this man or are you hoping he will finish off the mess his father made of this country. Shame on you.

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        • Are you aware trudeau child supports sharia law, the law that doesn’t allow women freedom by misogynists? You have got to be kidding me.

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          • Anyone who supports sharia law should never be allowed in politics. Anyone who supports sharia law should never be allowed into Canada. Sharia law allows women to be mutilated; sharia law allows women to be subservient and prevents them from enjoying the freedoms Canadians are privileged to. These freedoms were paid for by the brave men and women who fought for us and gave their lives so we can enjoy these freedoms. Mr. Trudeau senior did not participate in this fight for freedom and Mr. Trudeau junior should never feel he has the right to support anything other than freedom for all. He should never be prime minister of this great land when he supports sharia law. Would he allow his wife and daughter to be subjected to sharia law? Ask him!

        • Don’t hold your breath…..we won’t be seeing a PM Trudeau in our lifetime. YOU obviously were not around during the Trudeau Snr. era, he was a terrible PM….a lot smarter than his son….but a terrible leader, a buffoon.

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      • the organizations went through a public speaker agency to hire a public speaker that could draw enough of a crowd to make money off of by charging admission to their event – Justin is a Popular public speaker so many have hired him – he passes it by the ethics commissioner who ruled there was no conflict – There was only one woman with close ties to the Cons that complained – Justin offered to pay back his fees to any organization and none wanted their money back and were all happy with Justin’s events even the charity who that one woman worked for ( i think she was let go by the charity eventually )

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        • You are very sadly mistaken if you think they were all fundraisers almost all were not. I have the list and he charged the Association of Community Living formerly the Down Syndrome Society not once but twice. He also charged unions and MasterCard when political donations from both these groups are limited by law. When his Parliamentary Office was contacted to arrange for him to speak they were directed to his agency. While speaking and earning fees he missed votes on pension reform, EI reform and Aide to Africa. He was paid to be in the House where he was being paid to do a job. He only offered to pay it back because of the outrage. The charities also suffered backlash. I know I’m a lot more careful with my charitable dollars now. He called for an emergency debate on ISIS then didn’t show up and he didn’t show up for the debate on the Ukraine either BECAUSE he was speaking elsewhere, not for profit just campaigning on our dime. I agree with Rex Murphy a leader should lead and show up in the House for votes and debates.

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        • Have you noticed that he does not talk much in Commons? The media bias is disgusting…they keep him quiet because every time he opens his mouth, he puts his foot in it. The people who actually paid to hear him talk, must have been kicking themselves. Do not understand this blind adoration for this empty vessel.

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          • I agree, he is an empty #sshat

    • OH Please!

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    • Ha Ha Ha!! You lost!! And by a large margin. Go Justin, Go!!

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  2. No, Justin Trudeau is not the candidate a ‘Canada First’ woman has been waiting for. Not this woman anyway. I much prefer to have someone at the helm who has a business sense for the whole of Canada. Unfortunately young Mr. Trudeau is sailing on the coat-tails of his father who I did vote for ‘once’ but, having grown older and wiser, I am voting the best person for the job for the whole of Canada. Sorry Justin is not there yet, if ever.

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    • better of voting for a cold hard no mercy prime minister

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      • Yes I want to vote for the frat boy wit “awesome hair”.

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    • Harper misplaced 3.1 billion dollars.

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      • what nonsense “rocco”. That money was FULLY accounted for. And had you done some basic research on google you’d know that. Perfect for Mr Trudeau who is counting on low education voters like you.. He is as vacuous as they come and this article is an insult to any intelligent woman who actually understand the issues facing this country.

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        • That’s hilarious. I did indeed use Google to research if that 3.1 billion was accounted for and I didn’t find any evidence to support your assertion. Not that I am a fan of Trudeau either. He certainly isn’t the PM I am looking for – since he and the Liberals voted to support the Cons in passing that fascist C-51 legistlation.

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      • What has that got to do with this phony storyline Rocco???

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      • No he didn’t, try reading the facts.

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      • Harper has successfully steered us through the worst recession since the Great Depression with excellent results. Thanks to Harper, Canada is one of only a few countries that enjoys an excellent triple A credit rating that is the envy of the world, has the most tax competitive country for business in the world, has the richest middle class in the world, leads the G7 in job creation, is one of the most popular destinations for job seekers, has brought the deficit for 2014 down to 5.2B from 16.6B, is on track to balance the budget in 2015, will have a 6.4B dollar surplus by 2016, has expanded the number of countries with which Canada trades from 5 to 43, had a merchandise trade surplus in June, 2014, of 1.9B which will further boost our economic growth rate in the second quarter, is ranked to be the second best country to do business with, is ranked as the forth best country in the world in which to grow and Canada, is the third most prosperous country in the world, has had the world’s strongest banking system for six years in a row and has the lowest net debt in the G7. As well, per capita GDP has increased 3.1% (in 2007 dollars), average weekly earnings are up 9.9%, after-tax income is up 10.2% for lower-income earners, up 6.7% for middle-income earners and up 8.9% for higher-income earners. We can also thank Harper for pension splitting, a 2% reduction in the GST, TFSAs, the elimination of the MP gold plated pension plan and severance packages, the elimination of government subsidies to political parties, the total elimination of political donations by corporations and unions, the elimination of the long gun firearms registry and the CWB monopoly on the grain markets, reduced levels of taxation for employers, fitness credits for children and incentive credits for training tradespeople. As if this isn’t enough, Harper entered Canada into the EU Trade Agreement which is the best trade agreement we have ever had as it will entail 12B annually for our economy, has made great progress in cleaning up the Liberal’s immigration mess, will be further reducing our taxes in 2015, has made positive strides in claiming the Arctic and planning development in that area and has rightfully stood very firmly against terrorism. It is no small wonder that Harper is being applauded on the global stage and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.”

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        • Harper nominated for a Nobel Peace prize. By whom? By the head of B’nai Brith, a “professor at the so-called Canadian Christian University, run by an American whose heroes are Pat Robertson and Gerry Sawell. Harper the destroyer of all things that made us proud to be Canadians. A supporter of oil rich Tycoons and one who is the anti-environment cheerleader. God help Laureen.

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        • Harper was already set up well to deal with the economic recession. Things were in place from the previous govt, he didn’t really do much. As for your GST – that put nothing in people’s pockets except for business owners who raised their prices each time the GST dropped. Surplus yes, by gutting our services that we pay for and eliminating thousands of middles income jobs that support those services. We have a strong banking system thankfully due to the fact he wasn’t able to deregulate it years ago – like he wanted. He never cleaned up the senate but made it bigger. MP gold plated pensions are not gone they are an opt out (and really who would opt out of that). Conservatives have wasted more money on themselves and on their pet oil projects by giving millions of dollars of corporate welfare to these companies that make billions in profits. This leader is gutting Canada and its true as he said – you won’t recognize Canada when I’m done with it. We are more like the USA under Bush and the laughting stock now. We are pretty pathetic on the world stage. The fact that a back bencher has to introduce a bill so that they are allowed to vote the way their Constiuents want instead of what the leader demands is pathetic in terms of our democracy. Prorogue govt a few times for fear he won’t get his way – is a joke also. This so called leader has done more to mess up Canada than any other and he has got to go. Give us back our democracy. Not everything is about our economic system. What about morally, what are we leaving behind except a big mess for our kids and future generations – he basically sold us to China and the corporations for the next 31 years and our hands are tied. Great!

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          • But don’t forget to vote for the kid with the “awesome hair”. Whose father was actually a socialist and a chavinest!

          • You are so wrong. Canada has more respectability on the world stage than it has EVER had, ever and that is because of Mr. Harper. Negative people like yourself, people who want us to stand still, stay the same forever, do a great disservice to our country. Grow up.

        • Copy and paste sure saves time, doesn’t it, S?

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        • S……thank you for a wonderful comment. Everything you say is true. Mr. Harper has been a wonderful leader and Canadians SHOULD be thankful he is our leader, particularly in the difficult times we have today. Unfortunately, there is a part of our country where people are living in the past and refuse to acknowledge what the Harper government has done for Canada. He will be remembered well in history as one of the best PM’s we have ever had and will certainly be getting MY vote in the next election.

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      • Where did you get that figure? Pierre Trudeau has cost this country trillions of dollars with his official bilingualism and official multicultural polices that took money from education and health services. He also declared the War Measures Act simply because the Quebec police couldn’t catch a couple of FLQ losers. His son has the same Quebec agenda as his father, without the brains or education.

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        • The government declared the War Measures Act after receiving requests from Quebec the City of Montreal. The Conservatives and Social Credit parties supported its implementation, as did an overwhelming percentage of Canadians. To suggest that the October Crisis was the work of two FLQ losers is to display an ignorance of historical fact.

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        • Pierre Trudeau was an arrogant fool. He obviously has left that gene in his twit of a son.

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    • Agree Nancy! You sum things up for me beautifully.

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    • Well put Nancy. I just hope there are plenty of women who have your common sense when it comes to this story line that makes me want to throw up. The media thinks he is the go to man for all women. His position on abortion is no different than all politicians as this topic has been through the wringer for decades. When it comes to the hard stuff, He talks silly and is politically immature. He comes from the good life from the beginning and knows little about the middle class where I am today. It should be kept in mind this story is written by a gaga journalist in Chatelaine.

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    • Nancy….you speak for millions of women who would be offended by this pathetic, empty article. I will think twice before reading this magazine again.

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  3. Love this! Thanks Carol. Xo

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  4. At a work event, I witnessed Justin having quite a heated debate with an opinionated reporter and Justin remained calm, respectful and eloquent.

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    • My two year old granddaughter is more eloquent that him!

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    • blah blah blah that the best ya got for a ding dong like justine :] the is an idiot

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    • Eloquent?????? You are a silly woman.

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    • You think he is eloquent?? I cringe every time he opens his mouth. He sounds like a slow-witted idiot, he cannot put a proper sentence together and make it sound intelligent. Eloquent!!!

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  5. Nice article. Well written. I am sure Mr. Trudeau means well. But no, thanks!

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    • Enjoyed the article and the pictures. I was a supporter of his father and I will probably support him. I think that he represents the middle ground, which is what most Canadians want.

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      • He doesn’t represent any ground at all! He hasn’t said anything of substance or anything that makes sense since he was elected leader of the party!

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        • he wasn’t elected …he was annointed by the desperate, within the backroom of the liberal party

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        • are you trolling everyone? NDP or CPC hack?

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      • Your kidding me right? He leader of this country has to face off with despots and dictators, This JV league junior liberal has neither the education, experience, or ability for that. They would eat him for lunch and leave Canada the laughing stock of the western world.

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      • Lenore…you are so wrong. Canadians are a different breed than we were in the 70’s when PET all but ruined our country. Just because you supported his dad, who was a fool of a man, you would support his son? YOU are the kind of lazy, complacent voter that has caused so much political inequity in Canada. Enjoyed the article and the pictures….maybe you should be reading comic books and not take part in intelligent conversation at all.

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      • God protect us from naïve voters like you. His father was a HORRIBLE PM, a fool….a buffoon….an embarrassment. Think you are confused.

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  6. Oh boy, his good looks will only take him so far. Praising China for its basic dictatorship and fumbling the Iraq debate will be what voters look at. Voters want to trust they can elect a leader who can stand up for them on the world stage, could you imagine Justin as PM in a meeting with that dictator Putin…now that’s a scary thought.

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  7. Justin is an airhead, as is, I suspect the author of this drivel.

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    • well said

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  8. I believe that the average Canadian woman is more intelligent in matters political than Chatelaine is giving her credit for in the is article. Justin Trudeau is far from qualified to be the Prime Minister of Canada and these pretty pictures of him with his lovely family won’t change that.

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    • true

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    • hit nail on head

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    • exactly

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  9. I think serious women have much more depth and will not a let a fluff article about a good looking family dictate how they should vote on the important issues of the day. You do them a disservice with this kind of cotton candy writing and photos.

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    • wow, well said.

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  10. Really, this is the new Chatelaine? God I miss Doris Anderson. Content please.

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    • He is nothing but a ball of fluff.

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      • But at least a ball of fluff is useful for something.
        I found this article totally insulting to my intelligence and in the articles weird way makes me want to vote for anybody but Justin!

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    • u are in a brain free zone……………

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  11. Wow. If my daughter ever asks me to define “vapid” for her, I may just trot out a copy of this article.

    I still don’t know what I think about Justin Trudeau, but I have no such uncertainty about Carol Toller’s writing.

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  12. Please, Chatelaine, give women more credit. I would hope that it will take more than charm to elect a Prime Minister.

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  13. The implication of the article’s title is a little insulting The world, Canada and Canadian women have changed greatly since the Trudeaumania of the late 60s, early 70s. Being a young, fairly good-looking young man with the last name Trudeau just doesn’t cut it anymore. Lack of business sense aside, Justin doesn’t have the maturity and experience to represent Canada on the world stage. Today we have Putin casting his eyes on Canada’s far north, the war against ISIS, and now ebola. To deal with all that Canada needs to be led by someone with more than just parlour tricks up his/her sleeve.

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  14. Ed Tanas, please don’t make us throw up with this nonsense. Once you stop licking his ***, get your head examined!

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  15. Harper Gov releases statement

    “Stoned Trudeau Tosses own Child”

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  16. Is the reason for this article that the Liberal corporate-media elite think that women are mindless and star-struck by such drivel.
    The practical universal $15 a day child care proposed by Tom Mulcair is much more attractive to the women I know, than a Zoolander -style series of glam photos .
    The next election will be about serious policies in the economic, social and environmental realms – so far Trudeau has not made one substantial proposal in any one of the sectors but continues to support one of the most unjust corporate tax rates in the industrialized world, as well as shipping raw bitumen to the US and China rather than creating Cdn refining jobs!
    In short, Trudeau is in policy terms – Harper-lite.

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    • And you think a $15 per day daycare run by the government is going to pay for itself? Trust me, it would lead to higher fees, be fraught with labour porblems and the NDP will go after something like a ‘daycare premium’ (bacause ‘taxes’ is a dirty word) geared to income like McGuinty did in Ontario with his ‘Health Premium’ which, in his lying way, was not a ‘tax increase’.

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  17. i see ndp and cpc trolls have engaged the page, Nice look at Trudeau, i have no doubt he’ll make a great PM. The job is more than one man, you have a team, great MPs, great and knowledgeable advisors, not just surrounded by yes men who use to live in your garage and pay off senators (ray novak, nigel wright chiefs of staff for pm currently). i look forward to a breath of fresh air after 8 years of slow erosion for women under the harper govt 1200 missing and murdered women get ignored by current govt. Please make sure to vote in 2015 or whenever Harper decides to call election when polls say he might win. Have photo ID (especially if you have children of voting age as Harper govt has been making it more difficult to cast your vote if ID is not up to par with photo and current address) Let’s take care of our families, our environment and our economy, it’s not one over the other, they all play a part.

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    • Anne, this article was written for you! But you might want to get informed…

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  18. Wow, tossing around babies is a reason for women to vote for him – don’t think so.

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  19. I am surprised that your photographer did not show the family walking on water in that last photo. The rest of the article does suggest the man is slightly divine.

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  20. It amazes me how stupid his team thinks women are. We’ve come a long way and are impressed with substance, not just good looks. Why he may woo some women, I’m pleased seeing the comments that his lack of substance hasn’t fooled us all.

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  21. This is barf-worthy. Chatelaine’s spread, with no irony at all, thinks modern women should be attracted to Trudeau for his looks and his name. So much for his ideas, or lack thereof.

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  22. What a insult to WOWMEN IN CANADA…. Justin Trudeau supports terrorist in this country…. WOMEN OF CANADA DO NOT WANT TO BECOME A MULSIUM AND GIV UP ALL ARE RIGHTS AS A WOMEN…. what women in Canada want this idiot fpr PM. WAKE UP CHATELINE !!!!!!

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  23. Anyone who votes for a future PM on the basis that he has a famous last name and “awesome hair” shouldn’t he allowed within ten feet of a voting booth.

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  24. I feel stupider having read that.

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  25. Fluffy journalism at it’s absolute worst. Trudeau is doing much better than expected, but is it because of any real policy the party has put forth? Pro-choice and legalize marijuana, something most Canadians already agree with. The only substantial issue Trudeau has dealt with is the CF-18 decision, and based on recent polling this has cost him. I can’t help but feel the party went with a pretty boy when more substantial candidates like Marc Garneau and Carolyn Bennett went overlooked.

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  26. And Stephen Harper wants moms to stay home and bake !!
    Income splitting is huge amount of money which only benefits the very rich.
    The ” economist ” Harper willing to waste billions away on something they promised 4 years without any benefits to most of us.
    I rather have fluffy Justin running my country than Harper who wants to take us back to the 1950;s.
    Time to elect a progressive government.
    Harper’s time is up and he knows it !! That’s why they are so nervous about Trudeau.
    And spare me with Harper’s successors like Jason Kenney the permanent virgin and Baird the in the closet gay fluff.
    I have quiet enough of the Conservatives.

    Time for the Liberals to shine in 2015 !!!

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    • Just what is it that Trudeau can do for Canada? A drama teacher who has no knowledge of economics and thinks budgets will balance themselves; denies terrorism exists and will look for root causes. lol Takes selfie pictures during a state funeral & does not have the courtesy to be respectful. Rich boy takes money from charities; calls urgent parliamentary meetings and does not attend. Trudeau admires the Communist Chinese Governrnent; he runs away from reporters because he cannot answer intelligent questions. Canada do better under this selfie? .. I think not. Canada is not set back and we have never had it so good …

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    • Where exactly has Stephen Harper said that? Income splitting benefits everyone who has one person making more than the other, obviously higher income people will save more… so what! Not all parents want their kids to be in state run day care, we should all have a choice.

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    • Yes Beatrice, better to have a drama teacher with NO CLUE lead the country while ISIS and other serious world issues are knocking at our door.

      Harper has successfully steered us through the worst recession since the Great Depression with excellent results. Thanks to Harper, Canada is one of only a few countries that enjoys an excellent triple A credit rating that is the envy of the world, has the most tax competitive country for business in the world, has the richest middle class in the world, leads the G7 in job creation, is one of the most popular destinations for job seekers, has brought the deficit for 2014 down to 5.2B from 16.6B, is on track to balance the budget in 2015, will have a 6.4B dollar surplus by 2016, has expanded the number of countries with which Canada trades from 5 to 43, had a merchandise trade surplus in June, 2014, of 1.9B which will further boost our economic growth rate in the second quarter, is ranked to be the second best country to do business with, is ranked as the forth best country in the world in which to grow and Canada, is the third most prosperous country in the world, has had the world’s strongest banking system for six years in a row and has the lowest net debt in the G7. As well, per capita GDP has increased 3.1% (in 2007 dollars), average weekly earnings are up 9.9%, after-tax income is up 10.2% for lower-income earners, up 6.7% for middle-income earners and up 8.9% for higher-income earners. We can also thank Harper for pension splitting, a 2% reduction in the GST, TFSAs, the elimination of the MP gold plated pension plan and severance packages, the elimination of government subsidies to political parties, the total elimination of political donations by corporations and unions, the elimination of the long gun firearms registry and the CWB monopoly on the grain markets, reduced levels of taxation for employers, fitness credits for children and incentive credits for training tradespeople. As if this isn’t enough, Harper entered Canada into the EU Trade Agreement which is the best trade agreement we have ever had as it will entail 12B annually for our economy, has made great progress in cleaning up the Liberal’s immigration mess, will be further reducing our taxes in 2015, has made positive strides in claiming the Arctic and planning development in that area and has rightfully stood very firmly against terrorism. It is no small wonder that Harper is being applauded on the global stage and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.”

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    • Your post was insulting to the gay community. Or perhaps it’s one of those inappropriate liberals jokes. Where do you get Harper wanting woman to stay home and bake? Stay with facts and policies or lack of them and leave the slurs to Justin. He does a great job of joking and slurring about serious matters because he cannot offer anything of substance. I’m referring here to both the Ukraine and ISIS. How do you know the sexual orientation of Baird and Kenney? Just slurs with no substance like your leader.

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  27. This article is a serious insult to women who vote for more than fluffy hair and fluffy politics. To assume that women are single voting group that cares more about pictures of wealthy white people leading priveleged lives than they do about real issues such as child care, foreign affairs, economics is just plain sexist. Maybe it’s the kind of thing that made Pierre Trudeau popular, but that was the 70’s.

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    • I agree with your comment. Plus Trueau is an airhead.& does not have the makings of a leader.

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  28. Well, he’s certainly the candidate this female author has been waiting for, eh? Talk about a “fawn job”! Young Trudeau’s greatest skill is that he is an actor; and has the ever-fawning, and ever-gullible-for-anything-Liberal media in the palm of his hand. Is that – really – someone you want to hold the most important job in the land? BTW, the “well-timed pirouette” the author speaks of ?….is that the one where PET was in a room with Her Majesty and Queen of England and the Commonwealth – and when her back was turned, PET mocked her with his stupid pirouette. Many of us would call that: cowardice – as he didn’t have the cojones to do to her face; or arrogance – no explanation needed here; or just a complete lack of respect for not just another adult, but a renowned world leader. That “well-timed pirouette” ?

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  29. Oh man. With a lifetime to practice his answer to that question, he goes with Stephen King and Piketty for books that changed his life?

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  30. I find the article an insult to me as a woman. His family and good looks have nothing to do with his lack of international political knowledge and ability to speak publicly like a statesman and not a schoolboy or often a selfie.. What policies does he have to offer outside of cannabis and abortion? I want to know how he would deal with IISIS and Ebola, the economy, etc. Until he has some substance, he will not be getting my vote. I would not entrust him with leader of Canada as I can see it would be a disaster. Mr. Harper sets out to do a job and he does it – he presents himself professionally and has respect from world leaders. Trudeau would only shame us and be a laughing joke on the international scene.

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  31. Its a little disheartening that the words economy, deficit, budget, tax, war, or healthcare appear a grand total of zero times in this article.

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  32. Although that might be a noble thing to pay attention to children when you are wooing for votes. We are not voting in a popularity contest. This is serious stuff. We need a leader that has a proven track record, The media makes more of a big deal what some of the members have done, than actually what the leader has done. Some of the members have done good things too. If all the members would examine all the ideas all put forth. ,I mean all!!! Then all wouldn’t be in a war of words. This is not the time to vote in Trudeau yet . Maybe the next election after he gets wiser.

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  33. What a crock of you know what. Surely Canadian women are intelligent and discerning enough not to vote for a leaders name, hair and looks. What a misogynist insulting article.

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  34. Definitely doesn’t represent my interests. This article has no substance. It is very clear the author is an adoring fan of the Trudeaus. Shame on you Chatlaine for this uninformed and biased article.

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  35. This is the type of article you’d put in a Liberal newsletter or magazine, not Chatelaine…oh, wait…

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    • Exactly !! You would expect this in a Liberal Newsletter but it was paid for not by the Liberal Party but Chatelaine!

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  36. What an insult to smart Canadian women that somehow handsome looks count more than experience and common sense. Again and again I am shocked at Trudeau’s idiotic comments and choices. He chooses a First Nations elementary school to discuss his support for legalizing pot, he calls another member of the House of Commons a “piece of shit”, says “whip out our CF18’s to show how big they are” etc. etc. Basically any time this guy goes off script he puts his foot in his mouth. I normally vote Liberal but can’t reconcile this guy’s lack of intelligence with the highest office in the country. Dear God help us all if this guy is representing us internationally! I pray that all Canadians will Google “Trudeau AND gaffes” if they think this kid is PM material.

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    • Flawlessly stated , This Spoiled Brat with a trust fund , couldn’t run a Timmy’s without help. Iggy jr. Has never worked a real job a day in his life

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  37. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a politician use his children quite to this extent. He actually thrusts them at the camera, not even bothering to make it look natural. These children have absolutely no say in the matter and may one day be very resentful. As for the swinging the baby about in public, I think his parents should have to answer to child protection officials.

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  38. Well said Nancy. This is a lovely family, in a lovely home, but, not the material we Canadians need to lead our country. This article is not about Harper, it’s about Trudeau, and if he’s the only choice, we have to move on. He’s too altruistic for most of us and lives somewhere in the stars when it comes to the reality of smart business and global responsibility. Cute children and pretty and accomplished wife to make his days better for him as he learns the reality of smart decisions for our country and how tp achieve tht wisdom.

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  39. Good to see that Canadians aren’t falling for this crap , just wait till Saturday and CTV licks his pot straps on W5 , That will be very churning and classic TruDum

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  40. I guess the best part of the article is the author didn’t try and make him and his family a typical middle class Canadian family trying to survive the day to day trials and tribulations of trying to pay the bills and raise a young family. How many new moms with young children would love to have a live in nanny, and a gardener to help mother nature grow the garden?

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  41. Get real Chateline….NO WOMEN WANTS JUSTIN TRUDEAU AS PM… HE SUPPORTS TERRIORISM … ALONG WITH MUSLIM … DO YOU THINK WOMEN IN CANADA ARE GOING TO GIVE UP THERE RIGHTS AS A WOMEN TO VOTE FOR THIS IDIOT ….WAKE UP CHATELINE …. I WILL NEVER EVER BUY YOUR RAG AGAIN … I WAS A LONG TIME READER … NEVER AGAIN

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  42. What I want to know is…why is the majority of the press, even tax-payer funded CBC, eating out of this guy’s hand? What happened to objective journalism? I want the FULL STORY when reading articles about Trudeau. Stop this fluff!!

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  43. No thanks. Justin is not ready for prime time.

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  44. This article is a tour de force. Full of substance and depth for the future leader of an OECD country. Great respect is shown to all voters, male and female, by clearly articulating why he should command our military, enact policies to protect our environment, and ensure healthcare I paid for. Unlike Thomas Mulcair or Stephen Harper, from this article I can see that Justin Trudeau, as Prime Minister, will be a strong voice for Canada at international fora, and has a clear grasp of the issues facing all Canadians. Thank you Chatelaine, for doing such a good job, and for making the most of your time with the leader of the Liberal Party Canada.

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    • I am hoping this was a sarcastic post…It has to be, since Trudeau could not “command” anything, and certainly has no policies or clue about issues facing all Canadians.

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  45. When did pro-choice become an issue? Harper has been very clear that he will NOT open discussions on this issue. Do uninformed women assume if the Liberals are being so vocal about it, this right must be at risk? The other parties would be fools to go after this in their agenda so this is a ruse to trick the less informed into voting for Mr. T.

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    • It became an issue when Trudeau decided to manufacture an issue to suck women in which it did.

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  46. Reminds me of when Bush was elected President and some U.S. voters said “he’s the kind of guy I’d have a beer with” – yikes!!! Voting for someone because of their charisma (there isn’t much else!)? This is for the Prime Minister of Canada, not a beer buddy you are meeting down at the pub!

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  47. This is one topic I would rather NOT see in the magazine. Either do a piece on each of the candidates, or don’t do it at all. For individuals seriously interested in politics, the focus you guys place on his hair and clothing is actually kind of insulting. This is the type of journalism that feminists everywhere shame publications for participating in when a female candidate is being discussed. Chatelaine, as a great Canadian women’s magazine, can do better.

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    • You can look through the archives and find the article they did on PM Harper and his family.

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    • I completely agree. It’s just solidifying that all he has to do is wink and run his hand through his hair and all of us silly girls will swoon and vote for him. I’m insulted. Every woman should be.

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  48. After reading the comments the only conclusion I can come to is that there were many Harper supporters that read it and then commented in a way that proves Harper has either changed Canada in to a bunch of bitter hateful people or only those people support him.

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    • Harper doesn’t respect his colleagues in the House of Commons who represent their constituents through different parties and that sets the tone. It is disappointing reading the comments but shows how much real change is needed.

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      • Harper has successfully steered us through the worst recession since the Great Depression with excellent results. Thanks to Harper, Canada is one of only a few countries that enjoys an excellent triple A credit rating that is the envy of the world, has the most tax competitive country for business in the world, has the richest middle class in the world, leads the G7 in job creation, is one of the most popular destinations for job seekers, has brought the deficit for 2014 down to 5.2B from 16.6B, is on track to balance the budget in 2015, will have a 6.4B dollar surplus by 2016, has expanded the number of countries with which Canada trades from 5 to 43, had a merchandise trade surplus in June, 2014, of 1.9B which will further boost our economic growth rate in the second quarter, is ranked to be the second best country to do business with, is ranked as the forth best country in the world in which to grow and Canada, is the third most prosperous country in the world, has had the world’s strongest banking system for six years in a row and has the lowest net debt in the G7. As well, per capita GDP has increased 3.1% (in 2007 dollars), average weekly earnings are up 9.9%, after-tax income is up 10.2% for lower-income earners, up 6.7% for middle-income earners and up 8.9% for higher-income earners. We can also thank Harper for pension splitting, a 2% reduction in the GST, TFSAs, the elimination of the MP gold plated pension plan and severance packages, the elimination of government subsidies to political parties, the total elimination of political donations by corporations and unions, the elimination of the long gun firearms registry and the CWB monopoly on the grain markets, reduced levels of taxation for employers, fitness credits for children and incentive credits for training tradespeople. As if this isn’t enough, Harper entered Canada into the EU Trade Agreement which is the best trade agreement we have ever had as it will entail 12B annually for our economy, has made great progress in cleaning up the Liberal’s immigration mess, will be further reducing our taxes in 2015, has made positive strides in claiming the Arctic and planning development in that area and has rightfully stood very firmly against terrorism. It is no small wonder that Harper is being applauded on the global stage and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.”

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      • Trudeau has one of the worse records in the House both for attendance and votes. It’s all on the public record so he shows very little respect for the institution or it’s members. He called for an emergency debate on ISIS then didn’t show up. That’s not respect.

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    • Your conclusion is that people who criticize Justin Trudeau’s lack of substance must be Harper supporters? Seriously? I am old enough to have voted for Pierre Trudeau and believe me, Justin doesn’t have a fraction of his father’s abilities. Whether you agree or disagreed with Trudeau Sr.’s policies, there is no denying that he was a leading intellectual with ideas and a vision for this country. Has Jr. ever voiced a single policy idea on a topic other than abortion and marijuana? If you want to vote for someone just because he is charming and has a photogenic family, go ahead, but don’t dismiss women with more seriouy concerns as bitter and hate-filled.

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  49. Was very impressed when I met Justin Trudeau. He’s smart and caring, and seems to be attracting great candidates who could bring a positive change in the political culture. Wish him and his family all the best.

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  50. Oh he’s “woman friendly” alright. Ask the numerous 20 somethings he’s repeatedly cheated on his wife with. Everyone knows he’s just like his father.

    This piece is embarrassing and insulting to women, insinuating that we’ll al vote for the handsome baby-throwing heartthrob. His political skills are severely lacking. He has no substantial policy on anything. What’s he going to do about ISIS? What’s his position on what’s going on in Gaza? How will he ensure that Canada’s economy continues to improve? What will he do to create jobs? How about international trade – will he increase the trade agreements Canada currently has?

    This piece proves that all he has to do is smile and wink and women across the country will swoon and tick the box next to his name.

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  51. It shows us how thin the pickings are in the Liberal party for leadership of Canada. He’s waaaay to inexperienced, naive and altruistic to be second in command, let alone first.

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  52. I can hardly wait! Mr chatelaine will woo the Chinese and Cubans commies like his dada did. He will have everyone smoking pot openingly while operating machines, on breaks before performing surgeries. Remember it stays in your system up to 4 days. He will open up the prisons as even those with a long crime record will need our love… He willl abolish all forms of military like his dad tried to do.. His Canada will be centred upon Quebec and Mr. Suzuki will be his assistant who will clean up the Mess.
    What an insulting article for educated, MIddle Class Canadian Women who are also mothers in this country. Do we not have one well educated, brilliant woman/man left in this abyss who wants the job?

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  53. I am a big fan of Chatelaine magazine but I feel this article was highly patronizing and mocked any female with a keen interest in world affairs and the global economy.
    I keep wanting to like Trudeau… I do… But I am sick to death that he has to be sold continuously as a sexy star that women go crazy over… And that the only thing we care about in a politician is a thick mane of luxurious curls. This article annoyingly highlights such vapid attributes that it comes across as a Justin Beiber – Teen Beat article.

    After reading this article and feeling sickened by the Liberal marketing machine which is positioning Trudeau as a Harlequin Romance cover model… I found a commentary of the article by Robyn Urback and was relieved to see I was not he only person to read this article and question the motivation behind the author… And then finding the quotes and clarifications by Liberal strategists… Just sickening!

    Please do me a favour… As a Feminist with a healthy appetite for world politics… Please treat me with respect and give me a well written unbiased article that is real… That is gritty and that is deep. I am sure I am not the only woman in Canada who doesn’t giggle hysterically and blush profusely when I see Trudeau.
    This article has greatly offended me.

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    • Very well written – I wholeheartedly agree!

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      • I feel sorry for you.

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    • This article seems to have had a profound effect on you to have sought out newspaper articles on it.To me, this article was similar to Chatelaine articles on other politicians, including the one on Stephen Harper and his family. What in depth political articles have you found in Chatelaine? The political ones I’ve seen have been similar to this, perhaps with even less political insight than this one, in fact. I didn’t see any indication of the one on Harper trying to look behind what was being presented.

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    • Ditto to that, I’m with you. Surprised and very disappointed with Chatelaine.

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  54. Some of Harper’s great accomplishments.Total disrespect for the Supreme Court of Canada.Loosing our seat in the UN Security Council.Raise the retirement age to 67.Giving our youth a criminal record for smoking marijuana.Injured soldiers given a one time settlement rather than a monthly benefit for life.Tough on crime and weak on gun control.Refused to meet with survivors of the University of Montreal Massacre,who wanted to talk to him on gun control.Obama disdains Harper,Obama was caught calling him a blob with hair.We will be the only G7 country without postal home delivery.Wait till Duffy starts singing.

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    • Harper has successfully steered us through the worst recession since the Great Depression with excellent results. Thanks to Harper, Canada is one of only a few countries that enjoys an excellent triple A credit rating that is the envy of the world, has the most tax competitive country for business in the world, has the richest middle class in the world, leads the G7 in job creation, is one of the most popular destinations for job seekers, has brought the deficit for 2014 down to 5.2B from 16.6B, is on track to balance the budget in 2015, will have a 6.4B dollar surplus by 2016, has expanded the number of countries with which Canada trades from 5 to 43, had a merchandise trade surplus in June, 2014, of 1.9B which will further boost our economic growth rate in the second quarter, is ranked to be the second best country to do business with, is ranked as the forth best country in the world in which to grow and Canada, is the third most prosperous country in the world, has had the world’s strongest banking system for six years in a row and has the lowest net debt in the G7. As well, per capita GDP has increased 3.1% (in 2007 dollars), average weekly earnings are up 9.9%, after-tax income is up 10.2% for lower-income earners, up 6.7% for middle-income earners and up 8.9% for higher-income earners. We can also thank Harper for pension splitting, a 2% reduction in the GST, TFSAs, the elimination of the MP gold plated pension plan and severance packages, the elimination of government subsidies to political parties, the total elimination of political donations by corporations and unions, the elimination of the long gun firearms registry and the CWB monopoly on the grain markets, reduced levels of taxation for employers, fitness credits for children and incentive credits for training tradespeople. As if this isn’t enough, Harper entered Canada into the EU Trade Agreement which is the best trade agreement we have ever had as it will entail 12B annually for our economy, has made great progress in cleaning up the Liberal’s immigration mess, will be further reducing our taxes in 2015, has made positive strides in claiming the Arctic and planning development in that area and has rightfully stood very firmly against terrorism. It is no small wonder that Harper is being applauded on the global stage and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.”

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      • Thank you S. for taking the time to note some of Harper’s accomplishments. A couple more notes:

        The original poster A.Wall can thank Mr. Ignatieff for the lost bid to gain a seat on the U.N. Security Council. His questioning and opposing Canada’s bid while Germany and Portugal put forward a unified front put our bid into question by the S.C.

        Raising the retirement age – I suspect if A.Wall were to crunch the numbers he/she would come to the same conclusion. I would rather get 14 years notice about OAS and GIS (not CPP) going to 67 than NOT have those benefits available when I retire.

        There were criminal charges for possession of marijuana already in place when Harper became P.M. And after opinion polling of the public’s preferences on this topic, Harper is considering fines and no criminal record. Some might say he’s “pandering” – perhaps, but I appreciate his ability to change his stance based on what the public wants. It shows he’s listening. As well, I believe marijuana criminalization predates Harper (Drug prohibition in Canada began with the Opium Act of 1908).

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  55. Chatelaine..you have outdone yourself! Pathetic fluff article. And to answer your question – as a smart woman…NO!

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  56. This is a puff piece because it’s written for Chatelaine, and knowing this, Justin and his family were very obliging. He’s a gentleman, after all. I think that the jury is still out on Justin’s capabilities. It’s clear from a lot of the comments that the Conservatives have already defined him as a lightweight, so those who don’t like him all say this, which immediately makes me suspicious. It’s really no different than Republicans in the US who have beat the same drum against Obama that he’s incompetent and a weak president blah blah blah. I’m waiting to hear from those who don’t like Trudeau to say something original and substantial. Justin’s OK. Let’ see what he has to offer Canadians in the upcoming election and reserve judgment.

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    • I’m also waiting for Justin to say something original and substantial. Justin thinks so highly of women he had a Ladies Night just for us, so we could ask him the tough questions like what his favorite color is and who his hero is. Those parlor tricks with babies do the G8 leaders show those off before or after their Summit.

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  57. Thank you Chatelaine for revealing the “real” Justin! From the comments I have just read from your readers they, like me, consider him an intellectual lightweight who has never had a serious thought/conversation in his life. I am surprised this magazine thinks so poorly of the intellect of its largely female readership. This article belongs in a movie magazine to read at the hairdresser.

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  58. Nice family but Justin Trudeau is not the candidate I have been waiting for. He has inherited more of his mother’s brains than his father’s. Not enough substance to Justin. Maybe in a few years he may improve and be a better candidate for P.M. Certainly not now!!!!

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  59. This article is an insult to women voters. The implication is clear – women will vote for a politician because he has a famous last name, ‘awesome’ hair, a lovely wife and adorable children. Serious issues like the economy and foreign affairs? Why, we girls shouldn’t worry our pretty little heads about stuff like that – leave that to the men! Seriously, if any woman decided to vote for JT based on this article, feminism will have suffered a real setback.

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  60. This article and its subject are an insult to my intelligence.

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  61. Chatelaine should be ashamed at even asking the question ‘is Trudeau the candidate women have been waiting for’. Not this one!!! I am appalled and insulted how Chatelaine can produce such a patronizing and fluffy article. Won’t find me subscribing.

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  62. This story is a bit on the fawning side , to excess. I felt like I was listening to CBC Power & Politics or CTV’s Question period, minus anything political. Just a lot of Trudeau gushing. I would of liked to hear a few questions and ANSWERS on political issues facing the country today from BOTH Justin and Sophie. I don’t want to hear about yoga …Then again, this is probably about as clued into the country that they get as a couple. I am worried about those mosques full of terrorists Trudeau visits in Montreal and why he doesn’t want to defend Canadians against ISIS who are chopping off peoples heads…CHILDREN included. He has a lovely secure family though.

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  63. Are you for real Chatelaine? Are we women supposed to throw ourselves at JT (through voting for the Liberals) because he is dangling his baby in the air, posing on a couch with his family, getting into a pool fully clothed, and spitting out “pro-choice” when the cameras are rolling? What will he do when faced with everyday national and global issues? Jumping in the pool and sending family photos to international leaders will not work. You are truly insulting your readers’ intelligence by printing this sort of rubbish and by insinuating women should vote for this Liberal puppet based on a staged photo shoot and a rehearsed selection of attention-grabbing words. You are also destroying the little credibility you have left as a women’s magazine in 2014 by claiming women want a political leader who has no credibility nor substance. Chatelaine should stay politically neutral if it wants to keep its subscribers, or hire real journalists, not amateur fiction writers – if you are going to be writing about politics.

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  64. Rather nauseating article. It really speaks to the belief that women are shallow, superficial voters. He has come out with hardly any policy proposals except pot legalization. Other issues he has sided with Stephen Harper (trade, oil sands, pipeline, etc.).

    Women are smart and wise voters that look at the issues and vote on bread & butter issues. Not how nice a candidate’s smile or hair is.

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  65. Mulcair proposes a national childcare program while Trudeau throws a baby in the air. Which one has Canadian women been waiting for?!?!?! *eyeroll*

    So demeaning to women.

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  66. Oh gosh,oh gush, aren’t they just about perfect ???

    Maybe Chatelaine should have asked Sophie if she believes in vaccinating the children ?

    That would have been interesting.

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  67. ” though she skips a beat when she hears that Trudeau’s been tossing the baby. She’s fine with the standing-kid stunt, she says, but she hadn’t heard about what he did for an encore: Lowering Hadrien to waist height, he’d flipped the infant on his side and spun him in the air, fast. The baby, gobsmacked, rolled like a crazily time-lapsed rotisserie chicken, executing a flawless 360 in mid-air.”

    OK, that is just weird, like Michael Jackson weird.

    Chatelaine… did he do it the first time ????

    Do you have video?

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  68. I found the article so biased I cancelled my subscription . Actions always do speak louder than words. Trudeau show remember this and show up at the House of Commons for important debates and votes.

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  69. Probably one of the most insulting things I’ve read in a long time. It will take a lot more than a guy with good hair, a recognizable name and one who can balance a child in the palm of his hand to get me to vote for him. He’s a player just like most politicians – give me something more than a photo spread to convince me but don’t present me with this drivel and expect me to be inspired. What a load of garbage.

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  70. How is he what “women have been waiting for”? I find that incredibly offensive. To write as if women voters are some sort of monolith does an entire disservice to our sex. I may be pro-choice, but most of my closest female friends are pro-life. Are they not classified as women now?

    You had a chance to write a serious article articulating how Trudeau would run our country, yet you talk mainly about his appearance and family quirks.

    This is an appalling read.

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  71. These anti-Trudeau comments show just how much the Conservatives have degraded the public forum. They seem to be fuelled by hate, spite, venom, and anger. Harper has created a Canada that is NOT my Canada. I will vote for Justin and so will many, many more women.

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    • Well go ahead and vote for the Shiny Pony. Talk about degrading the public form, the Liberals expect Canadians to buy into this vacuous charlatan, no wonder Conservative are angry. The media like this magazine go on about him as if was the secind coming when anyone with half a clue sees right through their nonsense fluff pieces like this one; an insult to women in my view.

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    • Are Conservatives not allowed freedom of speech?

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  72. He may be a cutie…That does not a Prime Minister Make..Women are Much More Aware Of Politics Than You May Think. Nice Try Though..Still Waiting For A Platform and Not Pictures That Have Nothing To Do With Nothing.

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  73. Oh kay norton… you sound as shallow and as ill informed as your fluffy leader of choice…. sounds to me this article has offended equal part Conservatives, equal part NDPers and equal part serious, intelligent women who may be in the process of deciding which leader and policies to back.

    Do us all a favour kay.. and when you feel backed up against a corner – don’t degrade yourself by becoming such a nasty naval gazer.

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  74. I believe this young man to be earnest in what he is trying to do,that being said however, I am skeptical about his ability to lead this country in the next five years.

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  75. GAG What an insult to women.
    Trudeau #unfittolead

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  76. Yes I am going to vote for a guy with “youthful energy and awesome hair”.

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  77. “The photographer shoots the vegetable patch, a gorgeous biodynamic plot”

    Are you kidding me? It’s a vegetable garden for Pete’s Sake!

    Oh mon dieu, that Justine, is he throwing the baby again?

    And this is supposed to impress/appeal to me as a woman how?????

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  78. Is Justin Trudeau the candidate Canadian women have been waiting for? NO.
    Not this one.
    Is this an “exclusive” inside look at the liberal leader’s home… NO.
    He’s done “exclusive” interviews with anyone that will turn their camera his way.
    He is immature, speaks without thinking, and comes across as full of himself.
    He’s a politician with one eye in the mirror and one eye on the polls.
    He does not represent what I would expect in a wise and responsible leader.

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  79. WOW…shaking baby syndrome….makes Michael Jacksons hanging his baby out a window look weak. Oh yes…this makes me want to vote for Trudeau. Justin, PLEASE stop this before you snap some baby’s neck!!! Now as if Trudeau is the only Canadian with a bunch of kids and a cute wife? Makes one wonder why he says they have their “ups and downs?” Could it be because of those”LADIES” nights? The candidate women have been waiting for? This is a MARRIED man…..what is he going to give women? Is he being pawned off as a sex slave for Canadian women? Oh yes…lets all vote for him and stand in line. This story is insulting to say the least to any woman with a BRAIN. Excuse me….he also isn’t above us all …. Lots of Canadians have darling children and beautiful wives. Now if you are pimping for votes, how about staying away from TERRORISTS and trying to advance dope on people driving cars. That’s all we need in Canada…a country stoned on drugs…yes…lets vote for Trudeau and be a stoned lay around nation …I think we would need Trudeau’s money he charged the charities he spoke at . Yeah…come on Canadian women…lets all vote for Trudeau.The only thing missing from this insulting article is telling us that Justin and his family WALK ON WATER….

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  80. Doris Anderson would have been appalled

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  81. Ah aren’t those cute tricks with the baby …well no.
    It is very likely that they are part of a controversial and dangerous ‘baby yoga’ program that is gaining in popularity in Russia.

    ” A bizarre course of ‘baby yoga’ that involves tots as young as two weeks being spun and dangled by a single limb could be coming to the UK.”

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/watch-footage-of-baby-yoga-teacher-744941

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    • This is the action of a narcissist at his finest.

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      • that is the truth. What is with this ridiculous obsession over this man?

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  82. Sickening piece of journalism….shame on Chatelaine for insulting the intelligence of woman. This article is trash.

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  83. Another item to point out…. I know many are defending Chatelaine and the author saying.. well.. what do you expect,… this IS Chatelaine by the way.

    Seriously.. WTF? I am a subscriber and a big fan of Chatelaine.. so yes I do know what to expect from an article in Chatelaine and you know what.. I expect so much better. This partisan drivel is insulting..

    And in regards to the author – Carol Toller… please don’t call yourself a journalist… I know way too many serious female journalists and I would not want to put you in the same category…… Please note: you are also one boiled bunny away from stalking the Trudeau family… you may want to get some help for your obsession… just don’t subject the rest of us with your fawning love letter..

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  84. Well, having awesome hair is definitely important to me. This article insults Canadian women who actually do think, have ideas and look beyond jumping in a pool fully clothed. This article harkens back to the Chatelaine of the 1950’s. This is an embarrassment and enough of a reason to cancel this woman’s subscription.

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  85. First we elected Mr..Harper, who, it is said, has flirted with fascism. Now we seem set on electing Mr. Trudeau, who seems to be most concerned with keeping up with the Kardashians. Why do we Canadians keep putting ourselves in these uncomfortable predicaments?

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  86. This article lacks substance, and as important as it is for women to be up to date and aware of his hair (insert eye roll here), please don’t demean us. It is far more important to highlight relevant issue that actually affect women day to day, for example, equal pay/rights issues. You Chatelaine, are a part societies problem of not taking women seriously. I should have known better than to assume I would be reading an intelligent hard hitting article that really speaks to our needs as women today. Rather, as I should have expected, I am disappointed and insulted. I would hope that a magazine such as yourself that caters to women specifically would rise above, respect our intelligence and integrity, and inform our opinions rather than demean us to the writings of hair stylings and parlour tricks, that of which reflect decades long past. A move into the future would require an awareness of the intelligence and beauty of the modern woman, and an alteration of your publication model to satisfy more refined tastes. Maintenance of such vulgar perspectives only works to oppress women rather than help us to evolve. Sadly however, some may just vote for him because of his hair.

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    • Excellent points

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    • Exactly my thoughts. Chatelaine needs to shake their collective heads on this one.

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  87. From everything that I have seen of him, Justin Trudeau shows very little common sense and good judgement. Holding a baby like that is ok because his knees are locked? It has nothing to do with the knees and everything with the child’s sense of balance. And to do that to other people’s children? What is he trying to prove? And kissing a bride in public even though he was encouraged to do so by the groom – no common sense at all. His answers to serious questions leave one scratching their head in confusion. And then writing a memoir? about what – what has this fellow done to write a book about? His MP’s have to tow the party line on abortion – how is that trusting women to make their own decisions if this one has already been made for them?. Then there’s one liberal MP Carolyn Bennett saying in 2010 that stay-at-home mothers should “get a real job.” How insulting to all those women who consider raising their kids a “real” job. And this is considered women with depth and expertise? Get past the political branding so that we can talk about the real issues? I’ve yet to see him go any deeper than the surface level. Sorry, this woman needs more than a pretty looking family to get my vote.

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  88. He hasn’t done anything, or said anything. The media are shilling for him. I know why I will be cancelling my subscription! As a women, I don’t need to wait for a candidate, I already have one. You are going backwards, not forwards

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  89. I would think Chatelaine would have more respect for women to think that we are taken in by…nice hair, no socks on, cuffs undone!! Do you take us for complete idiots? This man is no more ready to be PM than I am, in fact, think I would do a better job. I have some life experience…have worked for a living and am more aware than he is of current events. This man has done NOTHING in his short, privileged life. Sure they look like the ‘perfect’ family but then I remember Trudeau Snr. thinking the same till it all fell apart. STOP making women look like easy conquests for good looks, we are very able to make up our own minds based on substance and this man has NONE of that. He, in my opinion, will be a ventriloquist dummy for the guys ‘behind the scenes’ who really want the power but don’t have the Trudeau name to get it. Even the thought that this name would give him any kind of standing…his father almost destroyed Canada with his immigration policies, we are still paying for it today. On TV last week, he said he would bring in 50,000 Syrian refugees to Canada…people who have lived with chaos and violence all their lives….what asset would THAT be to Canada. He is a loose cannon, every time he opens his mouth he shows himself to be a man of little substance or with much common sense. DO NOT insult us with stupid articles like this.

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  90. like Carol Troller, only those women smitten with Trudeau’s “awesome hair” will vote for him.

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  91. Justin Trudeau is nothing more than a rich trust fund kid that would make Canada a laughing stock. He doesn’t have a clue about balancing budget or running a country. His father was a jackass as well.

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  92. A warm and fuzzy story. The real story is Mr. Trudeau’s stand on the economy, protecting our country and leading us to growth. I did not see it here. I feel like you dumbed it down for the women. Shame.

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  93. I have been a subscriber to your magazine for over 12 years! While I am sure he is a great father – he is not a candidate I would support! I don’t pick my candidates based on looks! I base it on experience! How degrading that Chatelaine believes women are that superficial and vote based on how he looks. Disgraceful!

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  94. “Family-first”??? Are you kidding me? How do you make the leap from being pro-abortion to being “family first”? How about “selfish individual- first”? The liberal bias of this magazine is mind-blowing!

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  95. Ladies…THANK YOU!!! OMG I was afraid I was going to read comments showing that you had been hood winked by this charade of a story. Justin Trudeau…No Substance Trudeau! This is nothing but again the Liberals playing out of the playbook of when his father was the leader of the Liberal party. The men thought they could use the “SEX APPEAL” of Pierre Elliot to woo the women into his harem…the Liberal harem. Now the Liberal party is doing the exact same thing. They ‘ANNOINTED THE SEXY SON” and are using the same playbook, the same strategy….playing women for fools….suckers if you will for a man in a suit, ooh la la what a head of hair and wow he’s such a progressive man with his forward thinking about womens’ issues. Yeah not so much! Sorry Justin you are just too bloody obvious. And guess what, we’re on to you. Not this time.

    The only party that has truly represented the women of this country is the NDP formerly the CCF party. From the beginning of the last century Agnes Macphail was the first woman elected to the House of Commons and the NDP has and always will be ahead of the crowd when it comes to women representatives in its party and the most female party leaders.

    I invite all of the women to look into the history of the NDP and its women and men who have fought and continue to fight for true equality of genders from the very beginning of this party’s history. Oh and while you are at it check out George Stromboulopoulos and his show when he fought to have Tommy Douglas NDP Leader (formerly CCF) voted the Greatest Canadian (which he won) on youtube. You will also learn that Pierre Elliot Trudeau was once a NDPer. Yepper……surprised! Check it out.

    This story is such an insult to the intelligence of women of this country. Let’s face it, Justin is a figure head while the rest of the party elite are pulling the strings telling him what to say. Again it’s all just too obvious.

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  96. What a fluff piece. As a woman, I say no, he isn’t for all women. Not even close

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  97. Is Justin Trudeau the candidate women have been waiting for? Good heavens NO … my standards for a Prime Minister are a lot higher than anything I’ve ever seen from him. Having him as Prime Minister is a very unsettling thought and I pray we never see the day. If we do, I sure hope he grows up and takes off the rose coloured glasses before he makes a mess of our country.

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  98. Just talk about who you’re sleeping with please.

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  99. Well done…Well researched…liked the comparison you made….really?….302 MP’s named John..

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  100. This article assumes all women have the same needs. Trudeau for me is a big NO. He has little solid experience and no understanding of the economy. I don’t trust him. He’s so left wing I think that you may find a hammer and sickle tatooed on his body. I for one don’t want to pay for others to draw freebies when I am busting my butt to earn a living. He would tax me right into the poor house so I’d be on the same level as those who put in half the time or effort. People feel entitled to have a high standard of living – but to me, if you want things, work for them. I won’t vote for Trudeau and I hope that he does not get elected or our country will not just be in a recession but in a depression.

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  101. What does cute kids, awesome hair, young full appearance & photogenic family have to do with running our country effectively. if someone in the general public was to ‘toss and roll’ there infant in public they would likely be reported to Family & Chipdren Services. Is Chatelaine promoting (sure sounds like it) that women vote on these qualities? What a disservice to Canadian women & to Canada.

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    • Absolutely nothing Marsha but….there are some silly young women out there who will vote for him because of these superficial, shallow things. I believe that the majority of women in Canada are intelligent, thoughtful voters and he will be kicked to the curb, where he belongs. Chatelaine continues to insult our intelligence with articles like this. Their shameless promotion of this empty vessel of a man should give us all pause for thought and to take our business elsewhere.

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  102. Sure not the candidate this woman has been waiting for….thumbs down!!

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  103. Please – why does Chatelaine keep touting Justin Trudeau as the women’s candidate? He wants to make marijuana legal – okay, but how does that help women? He thinks budgets balance themselves – uh, any woman knows that’s not true. I am sure he loves his family, but I think Stephen Harper and even the NDP leader does too. Really, I am getting tired of this pro-Justin tirade from your magazine.

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  104. Stupid article. It shows nothing of him being a leader. Just gimmicks to get votes.

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  105. NO!!! NO!!! NO!!! he is NOT! He is a male version of the ‘bimbo’, his strings being pulled by the desperate-for-power men in the backroom of the liberal party. He has this job ONLY because of his name, he is an empty-headed little rich boy who really believes he is entitled to this position. He would be a disaster for Canada…can you SEE him on the world stage, discussing foreign power or economy……..total embarrassment. He has NO chance of winning this election, thank God. Hopefully he will disappear into history, soon!!

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  106. Our Family is solidly NDP and will be voting for our local NDP candidate tomorrow. My friend gave me back issues of Chatelaine to read and I am embarrassed of the article published in Chatelaine about the Trudeau family. So much open assumption made about motivation should not be allowed in a national women’s magazine. Even as a non Liberal supporter I was shocked by how loose the reporter was allowed to report facts and disappointed that a national magazine allowed such a biased one-on-one report of a national party leader.

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  107. I read this article when it was first published and I’ve retread it today to see if my first impression stuck. It did.
    I find this article a snide back-handed swipe at Justin and his family.
    Smarmily media savvy??
    I feel this was a Trojan horse partisan puff piece.

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  108. “Do you not believe that there is more to be gained by appealing to the heart and soul of men rather than by trying to compel them to do a thing?” This was the Laurier quotation Justin referenced with his ” sunny ways” in his victory speech. This is the man I want leading Canada!

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