AMHERST – Justin at the helm of the federal Liberals is a good news story, according to Terry Farrell.
The Amherst lawyer is the Liberal MLA candidate for Cumberland North. Feds and the province are different governments and different parties. But Farrell said it was a “happy coincidence” Justin Trudeau became the federal leader with a Nova Scotia election approaching. He suggested it could benefit Liberal efforts in this province.
“(I’m) really excited about Justin being chosen…,” said Farrell.
He described Trudeau as a great, energetic leader with youth appeal, and listed his bilingualism and Quebec base as strengths.
As for any claim Trudeau is untested and won’t weather a tough campaign well – attack ads, et cetera – Farrell seemed unconcerned.
“The party is going to be up to the task,” he said.
Trudeau isn’t a one-man show, according to the lawyer. Trudeau has a populist message, according to Farrell: it will be the people, not the leader, who defeat their opponent.
Kenny John Jackson shares Farrell’s take on Trudeau.
“Justin is a breath of fresh air…that’s what our party needs to move forward,” said the Springhill policeman and Liberal MLA candidate for Cumberland South.
Jackson said Trudeau connects with young people.
“He can lead the country,” said Jackson, dismissing the notion the relatively young politician doesn’t have the gravitas required of a prime minister.
The candidate echoed Farrell’s view that the federal Liberals’ approach is team-based – it’s not a one-man Justin show.
The attention Trudeau draws is welcome, though, including on a provincial level.
“There’s so much excitement…even around here,” said Jackson.