He has his strategy and sticks to it
Justin Trudeau scored the political coup of the summer.
Every year Stephen Harper makes a trip the Great Canadian North to rack up political capital. He usually says all sorts of nasty things about the other political parties who usually don't have the backbone to stand up to him.
This year Harper went to Hay River, then on to King William Island before finishing up in Quebec.
This year things were different. Justin Trudeau stayed home and stole the show by ignoring Harper and setting his own agenda on Twitter.
Trudeau announced on his 'Twitter' site that he had installed a dimmer switch in his new home in Ottawa -- what every family handyman has tried but doesn't always succeed in doing.
A dimmer switch? No big deal, you say. Not so fast. There are 244,000 Canadians who follow Trudeau on his Twitter site. . That's a lot of people. And they vote.
Trudeau passes for a handyman, a good family man, and champion of the middle class - exactly what he wants. When was the last time Harper installed anything around the house.
Then, still on his Twitter site, Trudeau tells us his wife Sophie Grégoire is pregnant and they are expecting a third child in March. (Damn, you say to yourself, he really is a family man.)
Then he's off to Quebec to visit Pauline Marois to tell her he's not too keen on taking crucifixes out of the schools. (Elections were won in Quebec over this issue.)
And finally, the biggest bombshell - of his own accord he announces to a Huffington Post reporter that he has smoked marijuana - five or six times. (Just like a majority of Canadians, for that matter!)
Justice Minister Peter MacKay falls into the trap and sounds off against Trudeau "accusing him of a" profound lack of judgment." (Only if he were a Conservative cabinet minister, Peter.)
Trudeau is not the first politician to have smoked up.
Barack Obama, Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York, Michael Ignatieff and Pauline Marois have all said they have smoked marijuana in the past.
A survey by Angus Reid in 2012 found that 57% of Canadians support the legalization of marijuana, and the percentage is going up every year.
Trudeau is no fool. He reads the handwriting on the wall. So he lines up with the majority while Harper slinks off to the 27% minority who say they have never smoked pot.
Trudeau goes for the frank and brutally honest; Harper stays with the fundamentally conservative.
No fool that Trudeau.