Justin Trudeau is casting his refusal to be pinned down on economic policy as a sign he's more prudent and fiscally responsible -- and even more prime ministerial -- than Stephen Harper, whom he accuses of making it up on the fly.
In a town where verbal sparring and back-room decision-making seem to epitomize politics, the March 2012 boxing match between Justin Trudeau and Patrick Brazeau framed it cleanly: Liberal versus Conservative. Member of Parliament versus Senator. Privileged son of a former prime minister versus an "I did it my way" aboriginal leader.
Justin Trudeau is promising to scrap Stephen Harper's brand of message discipline if he becomes prime minister, giving more freedom to bureaucrats, ditching the scripts for cabinet ministers and making them and himself more accessible to journalists.