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Trudeau should give more profile to ministers, empower backbenchers in new minority government, say MPs and pollsters

By Mike Lapointe & Abbas Rana      

Parallels between the 1972 and 2019 election results: John English, Pierre Trudeau's biographer, says Pierre Trudeau was 'humbled, shocked, and surprised' following the 1972 election, and that ministers and MPs will matter more in Justin Trudeau's second mandate.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, right. Pollster Nik Nanos says the younger Trudeau's first mandate was 'too heavily focused' on him as the prime minister, and that he needs to be seen as the leader of a strong cabinet in this new government. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, photograph courtesy of Wikipedia

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to be seen as the leader of a strong cabinet, empower his caucus, provide more latitude to backbench MPs, and mirror some of the lessons learned from his father’s 1972 election result to lead a strong minority government after a humbling election night on Oct. 21, say Liberal MPs, pollsters, and Pierre Trudeau’s biographer.

Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor of The Hill Times.
- arana@hilltimes.com


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