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    Thousands cheer as Justin Trudeau takes helm of Canada


    by Frederic Hore


    Ottawa, Canada – It resembled a royal coronation, as thousands of spectators young and old, cheered and waved as Prime Minister designate Justin Trudeau, smiling, walked hand-in-hand with his radiant wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, on the driveway on a beautiful fall day to Rideau Hall, for the official swearing in ceremony of his new government, on Wednesday morning, November 4, 2015.

    Under bright sunshine and warm temperatures, the youthful Trudeau, 43, was followed by his new 30-member cabinet into the Governor General’s residence, to take the oath of office. Inside, his three young children, his mother Margaret Trudeau, and VIP’s witnessed the proceedings. Outside the regal residence, citizens, spectators and visitors, many who had travelled from cities and towns across the country to the nation’s capital, watched the event on big screen monitors, installed in the gardens.

    A large crush of media and TV networks from the around world, had arrived too, with satellite trucks beaming live coverage across Canada, and around the globe.


    Just 17 days earlier, on October 19, Justin Trudeau had dealt a resounding defeat to the incumbent Conservative PM Stephen Harper, who had governed Canada for nine years, winning 184 seats in the 338 seat Parliament, to form a majority government.

    During the grueling 78-day campaign (which is long by Canadian standards), Stephen Harper, 56 launched a non-stop tirade of negative TV ads, declaring his younger opponent as, “Just not ready.” Trudeau steadily put that to rest. His positive messages of hope and a necessity for “Real Change,” resembling Obama’s “Yes We Can” campaign, with a promise to refashion how Canada is governed and its role in the world; turned the tide in his direction.

    On election night, after Harper had conceded defeat, Trudeau declared, "We beat fear with hope. We beat cynicism with hard work. We fought divisive politics... to bring Canada together."

    With his stunning electoral win, suddenly the world took notice, and the Twitter universe exploded, with the trending hashtag #DaddyTrudeau.

    "Canada’s new prime minister is so hot, I’m so ready to leave America” posted one US fan. Even major TV networks and celebrity shows got into the act, cooing about his good looks, declaring him a “very handsome man.”

    “Because it’s 2015.”

    Emerging after two hours from the ceremonies at Rideau Hall to applause and more cheers, newly installed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, introduced his new 30-member cabinet.

    When asked by a journalist, why he chose to make his cabinet ministers an equal mix of men and women, he succinctly responded to rousing cheers, “Because it’s 2015.”

    “Canada came together around the ambitious plan we presented,” Trudeau continued. “My thoughts are on my kids, and kids across the country… we are going to work very, very hard to ensure they have a better future,” and that “the diversity that makes Canada so strong, is a diversity of views that carry us forward.”

    Canada will strive “always to be a positive voice on the world stage, building the kind of future not just for Canadians, but for everyone on this planet that we know people expect."

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