Preston Manning says Justin Trudeau is full of it

Preston Manning says Justin Trudeau is full of it - charisma, that is. Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency

Preston Manning says Justin Trudeau is full of it - charisma, that is. Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency

QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 4:25 PM ET

OTTAWA - Preston Manning says Justin Trudeau is full of it - charisma, that is.

The Conservative icon didn't mention the Liberal leader by name Saturday at a networking conference named after himself, but had plenty to say about how charisma is no substitute for substance when it comes to the economy.

He didn't mention Trudeau's most recent comments - called dopey in many quarters - about how budgets balance themselves, but encouraged Liberals to continue on the charisma offensive.

Because "when it comes to the economic concerns of Canadians, let us vigorously make the case that you can't eat charisma. You can't wear charisma. You can't pay your mortgage with charisma. You can't put it in the bank," Manning said.

The former Reform party leader said using social media to plaster websites and the like with pictures of Trudeau won't help retirees.

"There is no website or blog that can create a sustainable pension for a senior," he said. "And there is no tweet nor YouTube video, no matter how viral, that can create a new sustainable job for a young person entering the workforce."

He did acknowledge charisma has a place, particularly if the intention is to capture attention and entertain.

"This is especially true with the visual media, who have always favoured charisma over substance for obvious reasons."

Manning called on the Conservative movement to urge Canadians to appreciate charisma where it belongs - "in the entertainment sector - but to entrust government to those with substance on the issues that matter most."

He used much of his presentation acknowledging Conservative missteps and slipping polling numbers and offered suggestions to rebuild the brand and to address perceived weaknesses.


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