Common Ground

Common Ground

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"The experiences that have shaped Justin Trudeau over the course of his life and how how his passion for Canada and its people took root. Covering the years from his childhood at 24 Sussex to his McGill days during the tumultuous time of the Charlottetown Accord to his first campaign in Papineau to his role as Liberal Party leader today, the book captures the foundational moments that have formed the man we have come to know and informed his vision for the future of Canada. Filled with anecdotes, personal reflections, and never-before-seen photographs from his own collection, Mr. Trudeau's memoir shows how the events of his life have led him to this moment and prepared him for the future."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, 2014
ISBN: 9781443433372
Branch Call Number: 971.073 TRU NVD
Characteristics: 343 p., [32] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 24 cm

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donkeyhote
May 13, 2019

Against Justin there is an unprecedented media campaign going on since several months. Even videos on the i-net with theatrical-like performances, trying to bash him, trying to influence your mind and our Democracy. Don't listen to them, that is, for the blah-blah of the Con Servatives. Instead, try to remember what Harper did toward the end of his term of majority government - they attacked our basic Constitutional rights, and one of them, a Ms Leech said they want to do things the way they were done in the old times (before Constitution). The Con Servatives are against the rights of the common man, the majority of Canadians. And years ago, the then Liberal leader Ignatieff said in the Media that "Harper builds mega prisons" (concentration camps). This may be the same as it was done here during the Great Depression (between the 2 World Wars) - some minorities and even the unemployed were put into such camps here in BC and on the prairies. I know this from my history studies here in college, from the textbook. OK, so, if you hear the Tory propaganda against Justin, remember the past. Harper's attempts for stealing the Constitutional rights of several social groups of us were knocked down by the Supreme Court, but the Con Servatives appealed against that decision (i.e. our Constitution). Don't forget this when you vote. Don't fall for the phony propaganda of the right wingers. I vote for Justin.

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husika
Nov 17, 2017

Justin is our best choice. God save us from the Conservative bunch, as they in their last year of rule tried to even disregard our Constitution and attacked the Constitutional rights of several minority groups. All that was not only Harper's idea, and a Conservative female politician (Ms Leech of Alberta) also said (it was in our Media) that they want to change life in Canada back to the old ways of the 1800s (before Constitution). Why did 30 percent of Canadians vote for them, I wonder, after the Conservatives appealed against our Constitutional rights at the Supreme Court, and this was in the Media - why did 30pc vote for them? If the Conservatives don't respect the rights of some of us, do those 30% hope they'll be able to hold some privileged place later on? I think that later on it would be their turn to lose them, and what Harper did was only a try, a beginning of something more. My guess is that the Conservatives want to create conflict between social groups and install a sort of Dictatorship. Their immigration minister said that employers should rather hire "homegrown Canadians" and that immigrants should "make more effort." And the Conservatives said that refugees children should not become citizens even if they are born in Canada. And that refugees should not get health care. What is this? Fortunately the Supreme Court knocked down their efforts.

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lblundell
Nov 17, 2017

Interesting to read about Justin's early formative years, but a bit too preachy towards the end for my taste.

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wendywhitewitch
Sep 26, 2017

Having Justin Trudeau in the PM's office to me means that we have someone at the helm that truly cares about Canadians and the World. We have a leader that sees the bigger picture and has a vision of what we want our country and our world to look like and feel like working towards a brighter and more wholly fulfilling future. It can be done.

Our indigenous people, our challenged, our environment, our animals, global warming and how we get our energy and at what cost; we need to have employment, children need to feel safe and happy and fed while learning how to be responsible and thriving adults.

This book is very well written and I found it immensely enjoyable. He has the experience, the knowledge and understanding and most importantly, he has the compassion necessary for a world leader. And I feel privileged that he is our leader.

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athena14
Jun 02, 2016

Oddly stuffy for a 44-year-old's memoir. Lacks extra info for American readers not familiar with Canadian political history.

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baldand
May 13, 2016

This was about a three-star celebrity autobiography and a one-star political autobiography, which accounts for my overall two-star rating.
On p.107, one reads “Wherever I went, there were locals. A clear majority. A mainstream. And any minorities, be they North Africans In Paris, European expats in Burkina Faso, Lebanese supermarket owners in Ivory Coast, Chinese students in Russia, Australians in Thailand, … were always ‘others’, an exception to the rule, to the national identity.” So for those looking for a celebrity biography, we get a feel for the author’s impressive range of travels. Those looking for some kind of serious analysis must be already squirming. Russia has over five million ethnic Tatars and millions of ethnic Ukrainians, so why, when he is looking for people who differ from the base does he go to ethnic Chinese, and why to university students there to study and not to the many Chinese who have permanently moved to the Russian Far East?
Anyway, the big difference between Canada and every other country, according to Justin Trudeau, is we have no mainstream, no base. Of course, Canada as a country should and does reject citizenship based on ethnicity, and we don’t want to discriminate against people based on their race or religion. However, Justin Trudeau’s view of Canada seems to violate commonsense perceptions. Most places have English-speaking or French-speaking majorities. Except on Indian reserves and in Nunavut, most places still have white majorities or white pluralities and in most communities the bulk of the population is at least nominally Christian. What Justin Trudeau seems to be describing is not a reality, but an aspiration, where he wants his immigration and refugee policies to take us.
On p.238 one reads “Outside Quebec, few Canadians appreciate the fall-out of the Gomery Commission within my home province.” The Gomery Commission was set up to investigate the sponsorship scandal in Quebec, when the Auditor General’s report indicated that about $100 million in contracts had gone to Liberal-friendly firms for doing little or no work, although Justin Trudeau never says anything about that. It doesn’t bode well for his first term in office. In his first term in office, does he plan to avoid corrupt practices or just commissions to investigate them?

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UrSenpaiWeeaboo
Apr 26, 2016

One question, can Justin Trudeau save global warming?
If he can do these things to save unhealthy people and the budgets themself easily then he CAN save global warming right? Otherwise this book is amazing and awe.

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bdsilva
Feb 04, 2016

Good book - tells about all his hard work to get where he is today.

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ownedbydoxies
Jan 25, 2016

I found this a really interesting enjoyable read and it increased my respect for this man, as well as for his family. He takes a long-view look at himself, his history, and his background and honestly tries to view things through eyes other than his own before reaching an opinion.

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gloryb
Dec 14, 2015

Very readable. The words fly off the page. Half of the book is autobiographical while the last half provides the details of his successful run in politics. He acknowledges those who helped him, but, more importantly, he shares his values of what he believes the Liberal Party should stand for. I can see he is following this agenda as PM.

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