Justin Trudeau to table bill, deliver Commons address

Justin Trudeau at his swearing in as a member of parliament for the riding of Papineau on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday Nov. 6, 2008. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Sean Kilpatrick)

Justin Trudeau at his swearing in as a member of parliament for the riding of Papineau on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday Nov. 6, 2008. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Sean Kilpatrick)

According to CTV (taken from a Canadian Press article) “The son of the late prime minister Pierre Trudeau will be tabling a private-member’s bill on volunteerism.”

While I have no issue with volunteerism or volunteering I do have issue with this getting national coverage because, as the story points out, “private-members’ bills rarely pass” – So WHY is this getting the media attention that it is getting?  Oh wait, yeah, I think I get it!

And let me be clear, I am not picking on Trudeau here (younger and elder alike), but the reason this is getting any news time (aside from maybe local or provincial) is because of Pierre Trudeau!  I have yet to see anything about Justin, since his election, without beforehand or soon thereafter mentioning his father. 

And so I say, that while the selection of Trudeau the younger may have been fair, the luck of the draw, the publicity following is not fair! 

If this was say Harold Albrecht, Peter Braid or Stephen Woodworth (all Kitchener MPs) – We’d hear nothing from the Canadian Press, CTV National, or any other national news source. 

There’s no doubt that Justin should be proud of his father.  But just because his father happens to be Pierre Trudeau, that doesn’t mean that he’s any more worthy of the news coverage than any other Backbencher in the House of Commons.

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