Editorial – Some like it hot

There’s been a flurry of gossip surrounding Justin Trudeau’s undeniable good looks and charisma

He’s hot, but can he handle the job?

There’s been a flurry of gossip surrounding Justin Trudeau’s undeniable good looks and charisma and the effect his obvious appeal will have on the polls.

But is it enough to cover up his weaknesses as he goes after the Liberal leadership?

And if so, should it be?

Recent polls suggest Trudeau is a political fan favourite and in no small part due with his charm and easy-on-the-eyes appeal.

In fact analysts and critics alike point to his appearance as one of his greatest “assets.”

However voters don’t just turn to physical appeal when forming their opinion – and that’s where Trudeau falls short.

Competence and experience are huge in the minds of Canadians when casting their ballot, all of which Trudeau lacks.

Trudeau has demonstrated his passion for  social justice and climate change, delivering speeches on gay rights, youth involvement, affordable housing and citizenship.

Critics have gone after him for his lack of economic background or know-how in global diversification.

But that’s why there’s a team of like-minded party employees and MP’s. Trudeau doesn’t need to be the strongest in the economic realm, he simply needs to have members on his team with a strong finical background – then he needs to listen to them.

The point is politics needs Trudeau. Canadians need Trudeau. He makes things exciting again. He gives our political landscape an edge – clothed in designer jeans, fitted button downs and topped with really great hair.

He cares, he’s confident, he’s passionate and he’s open to change, suggestion and a political revamp.

People listen to him, Canada is taking notice. And if it’s because the kid can kick some ass (literally) in the boxing ring, rock a three-piece suit and appeal to people’s natural desire to like people more because of their good looks – then good for him.

The more interest Trudeau can garner for politics, the better.

–Autumn MacDonald, Observer