Trudeau hits Gastown

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Once upon a time, liberal arts degrees were golden tickets to success, guaranteed.

Such were the words of English Lit/ Education major and Liberal MP Justin Trudeau who spoke to party faithful and student supporters in Gastown this Wednesday at a Young Liberals Town Hall.

Striding in without notes or a podium, Trudeau addressed youth issues and other topics in a short speech before fielding questions from the audience.

His speech contained his familiar pattern of rhetoric that has held up over his four years in opposition: beginning with his analysis of how youth have an innate desire to “matter to their tribe”, how Facebook and Twitter cause people to feel less important to this tribe and how the Government of Canada has failed the public in addressing their interests.

What followed was Trudeau's signature rally to the youth, encouraging them to join their local chapters of NGOs, NPOs and, of course, specific political party campus clubs to get a real foot in the door instead of being dissuaded by the divisive culture of Ottawa.

When asked about his thoughts on the stability of youth employment, Trudeau was quick to compare the amount of liberal arts graduates in coffee shops to the high salaries of those with vocational degrees today.

The comment begs us to question if a Liberal government would entertain incentives towards students pursuing professional degrees, as the Michael Ignatieff campaign of 2011 promised a $1 billion plan to ease tuition costs for any student applying to a college or university.

With respect to his future, Trudeau was, surprisingly, not asked any question about a possible bid for Liberal leadership. With new rules being set in place by the federal Liberals to open up the vote for leadership election to any Canadian above the age of 14 who is un-affiliated with another party, one can be sure that if the former UBC student puts his name on the ballot, no rival candidate would ever be able to stop Canadians from electing another Trudeau to the top of the Liberal Party of Canada.

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