Justin Trudeau calls for 'strategic' trade, 'robust' environmental policy

The leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, during his speech at the Liberal Party...

The leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, during his speech at the Liberal Party convention at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal Saturday, February 22, 2014. (JOEL LEMAY / QMI AGENCY)

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:01 PM ET

OTTAWA - As he prepares to lead his party into the 2015 election, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is promising an end to bitter partisanship.

"Negativity cannot be this country's lifeblood," Trudeau said in a speech to the party faithful at their Montreal convention Saturday.

Moments later, though, Trudeau launched a blistering verbal attack aimed directly at his chief opponent: Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

"Over a decade as prime minister he has abandoned all the principles he held dear," Trudeau said, pointing to Harper's recent waffling on his promise to introduce income splitting.

He also claimed that Harper "will throw under the bus any person who no longer serves his political purpose."


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