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17 Apr 2013 11:10 PM | Deleted user
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CANADIAN Liberals have chosen Justin Trudeau, eldest son of former prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, to lead the party as it seeks to rebound from a major defeat at the polls in 2011.

The 41-year-old former French teacher won by a landslide, getting 80 per cent of the vote, the party announced during a meeting in Ottawa.

In his victory speech, delivered in French and English, Trudeau thanked his supporters for the confidence they placed in him, called for unity among all liberals and vowed to engage in "positive politics."

But he immediately launched an attack on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives, accusing them of readying a negative campaign.

The Conservatives "are afraid," said Trudeau.

"It is not my leadership that Mr Harper fears, it is yours: engaged and informed Canadian citizens."

Trudeau was elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and re-elected in 2011. Liberals hope his youth and brand name can revitalize and relaunch the party in time to challenge the ruling Conservatives in the next election, likely in 2015.

Pierre Trudeau (Justin's father) was admired for the force of his intellect and praised for his political acumen in preserving national unity against separatists from French-speaking province Quebec, as well as in establishing the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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