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Common Ground Hardcover – Oct 20 2014

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; First Edition edition (Oct. 20 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443433373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443433372
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Justin Trudeau is the twice-elected Member of Parliament for Papineau and Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. As a Parliamentarian, he has been Liberal Party Critic for Youth, Post-Secondary Education, Amateur Sport, Multiculturalism, Citizenship and Immigration, and sat on the House of Commons committees on the Environment and Sustainable Development, and Citizenship and Immigration. Prior to his role as an elected official, Trudeau was a teacher in British Columbia and an advocate for the environment and for youth, including four years as chair of Katimavik, Canada’s national youth service program. Trudeau was born on December 25, 1971, the eldest son of the late former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Margaret Sinclair Trudeau Kemper. He is married to Sophie Gregoire, and their third child, Hadrien, joined their other two children, Xavier and Ella Grace, in February 2014.


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An excellent and revealing biography, explaining his development from a young person growing up in the shadow of his father.
Who found the time and interest to develop Justin Trudeau's character, both intellectually, but also develop his athletic abilities as an outdoorsman.
I can recommend this book without reservation.
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Pretty good, pretty sincere,sounds like he wrote it. Good to see a member of his generation, (to whom the fate of the world rests), not hiding in the basement apartment playing video games, thinking that the world owes them a living and reading crap. |Seems willing to tackle big issues with honesty and a measure of faith in humanity. Breath of fresh air actually - wish him well.
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I wasn't sure whether to vote NDP or Liberal. Now I know. This is a man and politician who listens and who wants to adapt not only the politics but the political system to the life of today. Has an interesting past which has well prepared him for the task contrary to what is being expressed by many. If you have not yet made up your mind this is well worth the read. Also a very engaging and interesting life story (over and above the political aspects mentioned).
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I loved reading Justin's book. I would say now I know him better as I didn't know much of his life, family, and career before reading this book. The title of book is appropriate, Justin talks a lot of being Canadian than being Liberal, NDP, or Conservative. We definitely need common ground with open hearts for everyone to be called proud Canadians. I loved his love for diversity, the way he respects people of all types of backgrounds.
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With the Canadian Election coming the autobiographies of the leaders are helpful in getting to know the person behind all the campaign promises being offered to voters. This book introduces you to a man brought up in a bilingual household, speaking only French with his father and English with his mother, who travelled the world at a young age with his father, then Prime Minister of Canada. It takes us through the school and university years and his chosen work as a teacher of English literature. Trudeau shares his sadness at his parents marriage break up, the sorrow of the family at Michel, his brother death in an avalanche in British Columbia and eventually the death of his father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau. All through these years we meet a still relatively young man to whom family is important, who is compassionate and makes friends easily, some of whom are now working on his campaign. We meet the man he seems to be in the many campaign news releases, open, friendly, genuinely interested in people, to whom family is important; and someone you would really enjoy having a cup of coffee and conversation with around the kitchen table. Trudeau has been the brunt of attack adds in the campaign always ending with "He is not ready". But by the time you finish this book filled with his many life experiences, work related, family related and especially involvement in politics and now in the campaign you meet a man who seems more than ready to take on the task of being prime minister. I enjoyed reading this book, leaning a lot along the way about Justin Trudeau's views on education and politics, his ideas of right and wrong, his openness to dialogue and his strong support of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, of democracy, and of cooperation on the international stage in immigration, humanitarian aid and especially in support of climate change. For Canadians an important book to read in this election year.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this light writing which lets us get to know Justin more deeply. Obviously the book wasn't written to be a deep definitive work; rather it is just a casual "get to know me better" work. The pictures were wonderful. It will be interesting to see how the partisans in politics and the press will try to demean it. I think the work serves to answer exactly what he intended.
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Common Ground is essentially Justin Trudeau’s statement of principles, demonstrating that he continues in the Liberal tradition of seeking the middle ground, a well-balanced approach that takes into account both the economy and the environment, both Quebec and English Canada, both the present and the future of our country. In this balanced approach he follows in the footsteps of Pierre Trudeau, Jean Chretien and Paul Martin.

The average annual economic growth rates under Canadian Prime Ministers since 1968 are as follows:

Pierre Trudeau (LIBERAL), 1968-1979: +4.28 per cent (BEST);

Pierre Trudeau (LIBERAL), 1980-1984: +2.16 per cent;

Brian Mulroney (CONSERVATIVE), 1984-1993: +2.51 per cent;

Jean Chretien (LIBERAL), 1993-2003: +3.32 per cent;

Paul Martin (LIBERAL), 2003-2006: +2.71 per cent;

Stephen Harper (CONSERVATIVE), 2006-present: +1.77 per cent (WORST).

So historically the Liberals have a track record of strong leadership, from Pierre Trudeau, to Jean Chretien, to Paul Martin. These visionary leaders have helped build a Canada with both a solid economy and a healthy environment.

In comparison with these leaders, Stephen Harper has been pitiful, particularly in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. During each of these years the Canadian economy has under-performed the American economy, because while Barack Obama focused on the future and encouraged Silicon Valley, Stephen Harper focused on the past, and put all of Canada's eggs in the dirty Tar Sands basket, with devastating consequences, unbalancing the Canadian dollar, our economy, our environment, and our country.

Under the Harper Conservatives, Canada has been losing ground economically not just against the United States, but against the world.
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