Justin Trudeau is poised to leap into federal politics and seek a seat in Parliament next election, according to a media report.
Maclean's magazine says the son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau suggested in an interview that he would make an announcement after Christmas about a possible run.
It quotes Gerald Butts, a close friend the magazine describes as being "tasked with taking control of Trudeau's slip," saying Mr. Trudeau, 35, wanted to discuss the timing of the announcement with new Liberal leader Stephane Dion to make sure it complemented party strategy.
"I think he's pretty much there," Mr. Butts is quoted as saying. "He just doesn't want a speculative story published before he's ready."
It appears the magazine took those comments and Mr. Trudeau's earlier hints as proof he had made up his mind. Mr. Trudeau was noncommittal in a later interview with Maclean's.
If Trudeau runs, Stephane Dion will end up running an entire campaign in his shadow. The media will be all over Justin in an attempt to recreate Trudeaumania. His every campaign presence and utterance will be recorded and reported far and wide.
The press will turn to him to offer thoughtful commentary about his party's policies and the maintenance or restoration of his father's legacy.
The subtext will be clear--here is the once and future king, speaking to his future subjects.
Stephane Dion's successor is about to be brought into the camp.
Are you ready for Trudeaumania II?
Source: Ottawa Citizen