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Justin's band cleans up Harper holocaust

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Justin Trudeau: Like father, like son
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In chapter one , we saw the young hero climb the political ladder and confront the ogre in his cloud fortress. After he was killed, the jinn mysteriously disappeared from sight, as often happens in storybooks. Meanwhile, Justin and his band looked at the mess the giant left behind.

Whew! Piles of unspent cash, papers strewn on the floor, edicts cancelling scientific research and slashing funds to Canadians helping Palestinian refugees, laws abetting toxic oilsands production. A picture of world leaders who signed the Kyoto environmental protocol lay smashed on the floor.

The band's first decision was to stop bombing natives in Syria and Yemen, to pull Canadian forces from Iraq, to pledge a renewed tradition of Canada as a peacemaker and friend. Justin's choice for foreign minister, the shy intellectual Stephan Dion, himself had fought the ogre as leader of the Liberals from 2006 to 2008. But he had been surrounded by timeseekers and was pilloried mercilessly by the media. Just too nice. As a result, the NDP was able to profit from the Liberals' disarray, and under their own tragic hero, Jack Layton"on his death bed"beat out the Liberals in 2011. The jockeying of the insurgent rivals let the ogre run riot and increase his havoc, to the horror of the helpless people.

How the young protagonist snatched the laurel from the ogre

The brazen youth flexed his muscles in 2012, when he coaxed a Conservative opponent into a boxing match (a fundraiser for cancer research) and won in the third round, the result an upset. He also put in his time as a constituency MP in Montreal, and managed affairs of immigrants in the party, criticizing the ogre for targeting human smuggling, as it would harm the victim.

He was chosen leader in 2013 and had just enough time before the next election had to be called to muster a team to fight the ogre, to learn the ropes of governing a kingdom, and burnish his image as conqueror. Finally, he moved into the final stretch, enduring the longest election campaign in Canadian history, seventy days of meetings and speeches, thousands of "selfies", kisses and pizza making, five debates with the other leaders.

The Conservative spokesman famously taunted Trudeau before the first debate, saying Trudeau will win debate points "if he comes on stage with his pants on". The charismatic young hero was wearing a smart seat of pants, and indeed won the debate, starting the momentum that continued until election night.

He scorned the ogre when in desperation Harper appealed to bigotry by denouncing the niqab and vowing to prevent wearers from taking the Canadian citizenship oath.

Wholesale housecleaning

In his excitement on election night, Justin told the world "We're back!" He adopted another historic Liberal leader Wilfrid Laurier's "sunny ways" approach to bringing Canadians together despite their differences a century ago. According to Trudeau, Laurier "knew that politics can be a positive force, and that's the message Canadians have sent today."

The changes laid out in the party program "Real Change" are coming at a breakneck speed, with plans

*to undo the cuts to CBC, science, environmental policies

*to reinstitute the long census

*to undo immigration restriction uniting families and give immigrants back their Medicare coverage

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