By John Stewart
Special to Focus
Mississauga will be one of Justin Trudeau’s first stops after he announces Tuesday in his Montreal home riding of Papineau that he is running for the leadership of the federal Liberal Party.
Former MPs Navdeep Bains of Mississauga-Brampton South and Omar Alghabra of Mississauga-Erindale will host the event at a Mississauga banquet hall. It is designed to kick-start Trudeau’s campaign outside Quebec.
Igniting the match of Trudeaumania — the term used to describe the adoration that was heaped on Pierre Trudeau, Justin’s father, when he first ran for the Liberal leadership in the 1960s — won’t be that hard, according to Alghabra.
“I’ve never seen so much buzz,” Alghabra told The Globe and Mail. “People who never wanted to have anything to do with politics want to come. His name generates excitement and curiosity and interest, and that’s very good.”
About 300 people are expected at the event, to be held at the Versailles Banquet Hall on Edwards Ave. next Thursday night at 6 p.m.
Like many Liberals, Alghabra says that even though he is supporting Trudeau, he wants the leadership race to be competitive.
“As a party, we need a robust leadership and an opportunity for Liberals to engage in ideas and to decide on the future,” Alghabra told The Globe. “The leadership process will really test our candidates, it will test Justin.”
At this point, Trudeau’s main competitor appears to be former Canadian astronaut and current MP Marc Garneau.
In an invitation to the event posted on the Internet, Bains asked fellow Liberals to “join us for this memorable evening with Justin Trudeau. It will be a night to remember.”
By John Stewart