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Humbled Trudeau changes leadership style, but unclear if it’s ‘just a different role he’s playing for now,’ say politicos

By Abbas Rana      

In his first term, Justin Trudeau adopted the high-risk, leader-centric model and built the party’s brand around his leadership instead of focusing on the team. But he's changing his tune in this minority Parliament.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on Nov. 20, 2019, outside Rideau Hall with his new 36-member cabinet. 'We don't know if this is an actual conversion on the road to Damascus, or if this is just a different role that he's playing, for now,’ says Innovative Research president Greg Lyle The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

After dealing with numerous high-profile controversies in his first mandate, being reduced to a minority government in last month’s election, losing 27 seats, and shedding 6.37 percentage points in the national vote, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s transformation from a celebrity politician to a “humbled” leader is the right approach, say political insiders who say it remains to be seen if the change in style and tone will be permanent.

Abbas Rana

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


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