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Trudeau: It will take hard work to meet expectations

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 01:22

Canada's Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau: ''We are going to have to work very very hard to live up to this feeling we feel right have now.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Canada's Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau, having trounced his Conservative rivals told his supporters "We are going to have to work very very hard to live up to this feeling we feel right have now." "But I tell you if there is any country in the world that can live up to our collective expectations, it's this one," he said. He will face immediate pressure to deliver on a swathe of election promises, from tackling climate change to legalizing marijuana. Trudeau toppled Stephen Harper's Conservatives to win a majority on Monday, giving him the freedom to start implementing his campaign pledges largely unimpeded. The 43-year-old son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau was swept to victory with 39.5 percent of the popular vote in an election that saw the highest voter turnout since 1993. The win marked a turn in political fortunes that smashed the record for the number of seats gained from one election to the next. The center-left Liberals had been a distant third-place party before this election. Trudeau campaigned on a promise of change, striking a chord with Canadians weary of nine years of Conservative rule. Harper resigned as party leader after the defeat. Trudeau, a telegenic father of three, also returns a touch of glamour, youth and charisma to Ottawa. Britain's Daily Mirror asked "is Justin Trudeau the sexiest politician in the world?" while an Australian news website was more direct: "The votes are in and Canada has come out of its election with a super hot new leader." The Liberal leader will have to quickly start delivering on his promises to change policy, starting with a U.N. climate change summit in Paris in December. Major allies have told Canada it needs to commit to more ambitious targets for cutting emissions of greenhouse gases. The White House said on Tuesday it hopes the new Canadian government will continue to support the efforts of the U.S.-led coalition to fight Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. Trudeau has pledged to withdraw Canada's CF-18 bombers from the coalition fight but maintain humanitarian aid and training. U.S. President Barack Obama was expected to telephone Trudeau on Tuesday to congratulate him on his win, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

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Trudeau: It will take hard work to meet expectations

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 01:22