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Billythreefeathers
10-18-2014, 11:27 AM
Justin Trudeau goes public with personal aspects of his life in new memoir

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Justin+Trudeau+goes+public+with+personal+aspects+l ife/10301843/story.html

From his own “deep faith” in God, to the childhood pain caused by his parents’ divorce, to the “ups and downs” of his own marriage, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau decided to go public with some deeply personal aspects of his life.

The revelations are contained in a new memoir, Common Ground, that Trudeau has written in advance of next year’s election so that Canadians have a fuller understanding of his background.
In an hour-long interview with the Citizen, Trudeau described himself as a man whose past — growing up at 24 Sussex Drive, going to high school and university in Montreal, and later working as a teacher in Vancouver — gives him a “vision” for where he’d like to bring Canada.
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“I wanted people to know a little more about where I come from, how I came to be the person that I am,” Trudeau told the Citizen.
Trudeau’s book covers his own accession to the Liberal leadership since his entry to politics in 2007. It also contains sharp criticism of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whom he blames for introducing a “rabid form of partisanship” in Canada that has poisoned the political system.
And while he makes it clear throughout the book that his father was the “anchor” in his childhood and taught him much of what he now knows about life, Trudeau doesn’t shy away from criticizing him in two areas.
He writes that the National Energy Program his father’s government unveiled in 1980 was a mistake that caused national division, and it was under his father’s leadership that the Liberal party began losing touch with its own grassroots.
But perhaps the most illuminating parts of the book are personal in nature. Speaking to the Citizen, Trudeau candidly discussed the personal experiences that have shaped his character. Among them:
Faith in God
Trudeau was raised a Catholic as a child, saying prayers and reading the Bible with his father and two brothers. By the time he was in his 20s, he had become a “lapsed Catholic.”
Then came the death of his younger brother, Michel, in a British Columbia avalanche in 1998. To help deal with his grief, he attended a course on Christianity.
“It came at exactly the right time. Trusting in God’s plan. For someone as rational and scientific and logical and rigorous as I am, to accept the unknowable and to re-anchor myself in faith was really, really important to me.”
“Since that moment, I still consider myself and have re-found myself of a deep faith and belief in God.”
Trudeau stresses he believes in the “separation of church and state” in his political thinking.

Pierre Trudeau and his son Justin arrive at Rideau Hall for a lawn party thrown by the governor general for the leaders visiting Ottawa for the Commonwealth heads of government conference in 1973.
Rod MacIvor / Ottawa Citizen
Growing up at 24 Sussex Drive
He said his parents, then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau and Margaret Trudeau, “drilled” into him the need to respect other people regardless of their social status. Trudeau was taught that it was a “privilege” to be living at the prime minister’s residence.
“We were in that house because my father was serving the country. And that we had a responsibility to live up to that service.”
His parents’ marital breakdown
Trudeau credits both his parents for being devoted to their children and trying to “minimize” the effects of the divorce on them.
But he writes that like “every child of divorced parents” he was shaped by the experience.
It left him with a “sense of diminished self-worth.” Sometimes when he heard his parents arguing he would “escape” by reading an Archie book and dream of growing up in the comic strip’s mythical neighbourhood of Riverdale, where no one got divorced.
Trudeau said he learned the “futility of trying to please everyone around you.”
“I sort of locked into the idea that if I could be the perfect son to both of my parents, well maybe that would be enough to keep them together. And ultimately, obviously, it wasn’t. Regardless of what I tried to do. That was a lesson about limitations.”
The influence of his parents
Trudeau said they gave him “balance.”
“They were very much opposites on a number of different levels. My mother is brilliant but emotional and very much gregarious and connected to people. My father was brilliant but focused and driven and very narrow-casted.”
Sean Kilpatrick / CP
His own marriage
Trudeau was married in 2005 to Sophie Gregoire, who he says “grounds” him.
Before he entered the party leadership race in 2012, he had a “deeply personal, private discussion” whether to do it.
“We had seen what the Conservative party did to anyone who was a threat,” he told the Citizen.
“Its attacks on past leaders of the Liberal party. I knew that for everything that I had experienced growing up (as the son of Pierre and Margaret Trudeau), it was going to be worse today.”
In his book, he writes: “Our marriage isn’t perfect, and we have had difficult ups and downs, yet Sophie remains my best friend, my partner, my love. We are honest with each other, even when it hurts.”
In the interview, Trudeau said he has a “true partnership” with his wife “in this job”
— which he said was the “one thing that I saw as my father’s failing.”
Asked if he’s worried about rumours that could hurt people in his life, Trudeau said: “I would worry more if they had any real credence.”
Living in his father’s shadow
While attending school in Montreal, Trudeau reached a critical conclusion: He would not try to be the mirror image of his father.
“At one point I had to realize that his path wasn’t mine. That his kind of singular high academic achievement wasn’t what drove me. And for me to try and emulate that was a recipe for disaster.”
Instead of entering law school, Trudeau chose a career in teaching.
That break meant that even though he eventually ended up in politics, he feels “no weight” when people say he’s just following in his father’s footsteps.

Justin Trudeau with his mother Margaret Trudeau at a Watercan fundraising dinner held in Ottawa in 2004.
Jana Chytilova / Ottawa Citizen
His mother’s mental illness
He said he didn’t realize until he was in his 20s that his mother had suffered from mental illness when he was a child. He credits her for recently bringing public attention to the issue through her own book, and he scoffs at those who call him his mother’s son to hurt his reputation.
“Those kinds of attitudes, unfortunately, are still around there. But I’m incredibly proud of being my mother’s son as much as I’m proud of being my father’s son.”
The dangers of pot
In his 20s, Trudeau worked as a doorman at a B.C. nightclub where he got a glimpse into how “young people can self-destruct through their use of alcohol and drugs.”
Trudeau has said he smoked marijuana five or six times in his life, and he writes that he was never a big drinker.
“Being dependent on drugs and alcohol for your happiness is a trap that has ruined too many lives, and I resolved long ago that it wouldn’t ruin mine,” he writes.
Speaking to the Citizen, he reiterated his support for marijuana legalization, saying it’s the best way to keep pot from youths.
Unfairness of marijuana law
Trudeau’s brother, Michel, was facing marijuana charges when he died in 1998. Three months before his death, he had been in a car accident and police found pot in the wreckage.
Pierre Trudeau had hired a lawyer. Justin Trudeau said “we were fairly confident that with the right lawyer we were going to be able to make it go away.”
He said it highlighted the “fundamental unfairness” of the system because those without connections or a “good family” are more likely to be convicted and have a criminal record follow them through life.

Billythreefeathers
10-18-2014, 11:29 AM
WOW,, maybe one of the sponsors could donate a copy as a GoC monthly prize

kennymo
10-18-2014, 12:23 PM
Five or six times? Didn't he claim to enjoy an after dinner joint on a fairly regular basis once the kids were in bed? And for such a feverent Catholic he sure is fanatical about abortion......and forcing others to agree with abortion....
And the little 'I won't screw Alberta like daddy did' bit with the NEP is a nice touch.
Too bad I have trouble reading stuff written in crayon...might be a tad colour blind or something....

conger
10-18-2014, 12:24 PM
W5 is going to do an hour long puke-fest about his autobiography. Other than growing up the pampered son of a millionaire and living the life being rich and entitled, what has he accomplished that anyone would give a crap about.
Sorry if I'm sugar coating my opinion a bit.

kennymo
10-18-2014, 12:26 PM
W5 is going to do an hour long puke-fest about his autobiography. Other than growing up the pampered son of a millionaire and living the life being rich and entitled, what has he accomplished that anyone would give a crap about.
Sorry if I'm sugar coating my opinion a bit.

No kidding....you keep talking that sweet it'll give us all diabetes.....

Forbes/Hutton
10-18-2014, 12:30 PM
So while he was collecting his paycheck from the people and not showing up for votes he was busy writing a book. Is he going to give the taxpayers a cut of the profits or refund some of the salary he got?

Carguy2550
10-18-2014, 01:26 PM
I'm going to watch that W5 thing tonight. I'll have the bucket and breath mints standing by.

Strewth
10-18-2014, 01:27 PM
So while he was collecting his paycheck from the people and not showing up for votes he was busy writing a book. Is he going to give the taxpayers a cut of the profits or refund some of the salary he got?

Tee-hee! You're silly. A Trudeau giving a refund to the people?

I think we did this one already, but I really don't understand what JT figures he's accomplished in his many years to be worth writing about?
Chapter 1: Birth trauma
Chapter 2: Forced to eat vegetables for dinner
Chapter 3: Teenage angst
Chapter 4: Still a teenager in maturity, but now head of Liberal Party of Canada?

conger
10-18-2014, 01:50 PM
I'm going to watch that W5 thing tonight. I'll have the bucket and breath mints standing by.
Like I said. Puke-fest.

RangeBob
10-18-2014, 02:17 PM
Book right on schedule.
That American guy who ran a couple of presidential campaigns, often has his candidates release a book, written by ghostwriters and reviewed by politihacks, about the candidate's experiences (usually on world politics) and 'views' (soften candidates statements in light of attack ads) about a year before an election.
Let's see, election Oct 19 2015. Today is Oct 18 2015. Yeah, right on schedule.

Petamocto
10-18-2014, 02:42 PM
...I really don't understand what JT figures he's accomplished in his many years to be worth writing about?

I keep coming back to the greatest thing he ever did: beat up Patrick Brazeau.

Forbes/Hutton
10-18-2014, 02:56 PM
A hair-care line of products would make more sense from him.

If the cover is the only picture of him then that's a whole lot of paper wasted on most of his supporters.

Strewth
10-18-2014, 03:07 PM
A hair-care line of products would make more sense from him.

If the cover is the only picture of him then that's a whole lot of paper wasted on most of his supporters.

Maybe it's a picture book? With unicorns, fairies, fiscally responsible Liberals and other mythical creatures.
Or maybe it's sub-titled "The Deep Thoughts of Justin Trudeau" and it is indeed full of blank pages?
Maybe it mansplains politics to women, with JT in provocative fireman's gear?

conger
10-18-2014, 03:50 PM
Shouldn't there be a chapter for selfies?
It could be called "It's all about me"

Billythreefeathers
10-18-2014, 04:36 PM
Chatelaine did a fluff piece last month, W5 doing the follow up, all left wing news groups conspiring to not play attack ads, I guess the campaign for 2015 is on.

And just to give the book the extra push over the million copy mark, CBC and TheStar have feature articles and reviews about it,,

And the Globe

soulchaser
10-18-2014, 05:03 PM
Book right on schedule.
That American guy who ran a couple of presidential campaigns, often has his candidates release a book, written by ghostwriters and reviewed by politihacks, about the candidate's experiences (usually on world politics) and 'views' (soften candidates statements in light of attack ads) about a year before an election.
Let's see, election Oct 19 2015. Today is Oct 18 2015. Yeah, right on schedule.

Doesn't always work.

See Olivia Chow in Toronto.

soulchaser
10-18-2014, 05:09 PM
Chatelaine did a fluff piece last month, W5 doing the follow up, all left wing news groups conspiring to not play attack ads, I guess the campaign for 2015 is on.

And just to give the book the extra push over the million copy mark, CBC and TheStar have feature articles and reviews about it,,

This can actually backfire. It could lead to over exposure to the point people start to get fed up with hearing his name and seeing his face.

As for conspiring not to play attack ads, wasn't it more the media were claiming the footage used in attack ads was their "intellectual prpoerty" and political parties should have to get their permission to use it?

It doesn't really matter as both have the same end result: Protecting the Messiah.

Swampdonkey
10-18-2014, 05:15 PM
Reaching out to God and suffering through his parents' divorce. Odd thing to say when he's so antitheistic and pushing to support children being raised without a mother and father.

soulchaser
10-18-2014, 05:15 PM
Woder how "honest" he will really be.

Will he talk about the several (alleged) male sexual partners he's had? I'm told several in the media know which men he's been with.

The Liberal party will buy enough coppies to ensure it's a best seller.

Billythreefeathers
10-18-2014, 05:38 PM
Woder how "honest" he will really be.

Will he talk about the several (alleged) male sexual partners he's had? I'm told several in the media know which men he's been with.

The Liberal party will buy enough coppies to ensure it's a best seller.

Should make a good read 2-3 weeks out from election

Billythreefeathers
10-18-2014, 05:41 PM
I keep coming back to the greatest thing he ever did: beat up Patrick Brazeau.

beating up a native,, that should win him the Indian vote

blacksmithden
10-18-2014, 06:52 PM
WOW,, maybe one of the sponsors could donate a copy as a GoC monthly prize

Buddy.....if youre that short on toilet paper I'll help you out....no need to be contaminating your home with Turdeau (pun intended :)) stuff.

RangeBob
10-18-2014, 09:34 PM
I hope it does as well as The Royal Society's "The History of Fish" (1683).
No one wanted "The History of Fish". The book so effectively bankrupted The Royal Society that they started paying staff and creditors in copies of the book, their only remaining asset. Large 'payments' were made using many copies of the same book. The 'payments' didn't go over well. When The Royal Society was approached in late 1683 to publish "Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica" by Isaac Newton, they responded that they'd love too, but had no cash due to unexpectedly poor book sales.

THE_SASQUATCH
10-20-2014, 11:41 AM
I hope it does as well as The Royal Society's "The History of Fish" (1683).
No one wanted "The History of Fish". The book so effectively bankrupted The Royal Society that they started paying staff and creditors in copies of the book, their only remaining asset. Large 'payments' were made using many copies of the same book. The 'payments' didn't go over well. When The Royal Society was approached in late 1683 to publish "Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica" by Isaac Newton, they responded that they'd love too, but had no cash due to unexpectedly poor book sales.

have you been watching 'Cosmos' ? lol

ESnel
10-20-2014, 05:57 PM
Justin Trudeau said “we were fairly confident that with the right lawyer we were going to be able to make it go away.”

This quote makes me thing of the quote from Animal Farm "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others"