Much ado has been made of the apparent lack of experience of federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau – particularly by the governing Conservatives.
Who can say whether the current Liberal recruiting underway is in direct response, but Trudeau is busy these days adding high profile people to his team.
The most recent, revealed Wednesday in a story from The Canadian Press, was retired general Andrew Leslie, former commander of the Canadian army. For now, Leslie’s role will be as co-chair of a Liberal advisory council on international relations, but he acknowledges the possibility of running for the party in the 2015 election.
This news follows Trudeau’s announcement that renowned Chrystia Freeland will co-chair another advisory council, this one focusing on the economy. She will also be running as the Liberal candidate in an upcoming byelection for Toronto Centre, the riding left vacant by Bob Rae’s resignation.
Freeland, a former journalist, is the author of an internationally acclaimed book, “Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-rich and the Fall of Everyone Else.”
With more star candidates anticipated, according to political watchers, it will be interesting to see how the teamwork within the Liberal tent unfolds.
On the opposite side, there can be no doubt about Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s political strengths, intellect and mastery of a range of subjects. Yet his critics often dwell on what they describe as a tendency to micro-manage areas of Cabinet.
Not all party chiefs operate that way, and we’ll see if Trudeau’s current efforts at assembling a circle of experts in key fields will carry through and put a stamp on the way a Liberal team of portfolio critics would work.
Lacking in experience as the relatively young leader might be – and let’s face it, everyone is in the beginning – willingness to learn and trust prominent roles to others goes a long way.
At any rate, the assembling lineup promises good discussion come the next election.