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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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  • Justin Trudeau at The Brass Taps

    Justin Trudeau at The Brass Taps

  • Meredith Bird, Adult Development & Jacinth Evans Adult Development Graduate (left to right)

    Meredith Bird, Adult Development & Jacinth Evans Adult Development Graduate (left to right)

  • Corrine Miller, Criminology student

    Corrine Miller, Criminology student

Written by Abigel Lemak

The Brass Taps was packed and buzzing with anticipation. Justin Trudeau, fashionably late. Most students were just there to see what all the hype was about or catch a glimpse of the Trudeau “Guelph Girls Love,” while others had keen questions they were eager to ask the next potential Liberal candidate leader.  

“I just want a picture,” said Corrine Miller, fourth year criminology major. Some tables were scattered with red buttons, while others wore the “Guelph 4 Trudeau” buttons proudly.

Some students offered up some questions they would ask Trudeau, given the chance.

[I would ask] how he feels about the Israeli apartheid week at Canadian Universities,” said Tom Keys, fourth year student.   

“What his stance or Arctic sovereignty,” said Bronek Szulcs, fourth year English student. “Russians, Americans and Canadians are all fighting over space in the Arctic because of the melting ice caps, apparently there’s oil.”

Another student asked the famous Reddit feed question, looking for a serious answer.

“Would you rather fight one hundred duck sized horses, or one horse-sized duck-- I’m dead serious,” said Meredith Bird, fifth year Adult Development. “The other candidate answered the question the other day.”

Nearby, one Conservative table grumbled about how a Conservative representative would have been on time, “An efficient politician.” While a nearby Liberal table wondered, “How [Justin] formulates his sex appeal?”

People jumped to the window at the first signs of Trudeau’s arrival, some standing up as if to great the royal family.

Although followed by a swarm of camera-crew members, once Trudeau got up on stage and started talking his charisma and charm were instantly felt, forgiving the eleven minutes he had the Taps waiting.

He talked about coming together in a common desire to believe in politics and government again. Student bodies, especially, he saw as wanting to generate change. 

“If we all vote we can produce a different colour of government,” said Trudeau.

Trudeau went on to comment on the cattiness of last elections campaign adds, demanding a reform in political tactics.

“The politics of attack ads, the negativity, the division, picking and choosing the regions of the country [they] best want to represent,” said Trudeau. “The picking and choosing of which parts of the country we want to represent has divided us and is preventing us from actually engaging with the real challenges were facing, because this generation knows that.”

He spoke to the students at the Taps, looking to inspire their young hearts. 

“We need this generation to speak up for us,” said Trudeau.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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