Trudeau won't be rushed on policy
Aug 28, 2013 / 6:48 pm
Justin Trudeau has identified what's ailing the middle class, but he won't be rushed into offering any prescriptions.
The Liberal leader said Wednesday that details of his economic policies will have to wait until the party unveils its platform for the 2015 election.
He was not so averse, however, to repeating his confession that he smoked marijuana after becoming an MP — an issue he's using to portray himself as more transparent and honest than traditional political leaders.
"I admitted that a few times in my past I partook of marijuana," Trudeau told a huge crowd of adoring partisans at an evening rally at the Prince Edward Island farm of Liberal MP Lawrence MacAulay.
"That sounds so formal. I took a puff on a joint a few times as a younger person. Now, the issue is what became of that was a huge debate in political circles that blew my mind.
"I mean, only in (Prime Minister) Stephen Harper's Canada could people actually argue that being honest is a calculated risk."
The rally, which attracted what appeared to be more than 1,000 supporters, capped a day in which Trudeau and his caucus discussed their two priorities for the fall: transparency and the economic challenges facing middle-class families.
But while he was happy to talk about openness, Trudeau was far less forthcoming when asked for details of his economic plan.
"This is not something to take lightly," he said during a mid-day break in the Liberal caucus retreat.
"It's not something to reel off because people want answers. People want answers — but people want to be part of generating those answers.
"And that's where the Liberal party is absolutely serious about the kinds of meaningful consultation and working with Canadians to build a platform that reflects both the priorities, concerns and solutions that Canadians are generating across the country."
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