Liberal Member of Parliament Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire smile as they hold their children Xavier and Ella-Grace after announcing his run for the leadership of the Liberal party in Montreal, October 2, 2012. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi
OTTAWA -- Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau has already clinched two -- and perhaps three -- Liberal caucus endorsements.
Winnipeg MP Kevin Lamoureux is championing Trudeau's bid, which the son of former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau made official at a rally in Montreal on Tuesday.
"At the end of the day, I believe that Canada needs contrast and Mr. Trudeau has the ability, he has the energy, he has the work ethic," Lamoureux told reporters Wednesday morning, arguing Trudeau is best candidate to trade political barbs with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair.
Besides, the younger Trudeau has a hefty dose of star power, Lamoureux said.
"I think that he can make a difference. I've been to events with Mr. Trudeau and he's virtually mobbed."
Montreal MP Massimo Pacetti is also backing Trudeau and was at his official leadership launch Tuesday night, which was also attended by a few of the old Liberal guard who worked with the elder Trudeau.
New Brunswick MP Dominic LeBlanc, who was considering a leadership bid of his own, hinted he may also be in Trudeau's corner.
LeBlanc, who ran for the top Grit job in 2008, said he and Trudeau were having a joint announcement in Dieppe, N.B., on Friday, but kept mum on whether it was an endorsement.
Other Liberal MPs said they hadn't decided who they would back in the race but gave Trudeau's first leadership speech and candidacy a thumbs up.
"I thought it was wonderful," Ontario Liberal MP Judy Sgro said. "I thought it was inspiring, full of energy, some great thoughts and an opportunity to see what may be the next prime minister of Canada."
Since tossing his hat into the ring Tuesday, Trudeau has taken his campaign on a cross-country tour. He had stops in Calgary, and Richmond, B.C., Wednesday and will be in Mississauga, Ont. Thursday.
Other hopefuls could announce their candidacies soon, including Montreal MP Marc Garneau. Some lesser-known candidates, like lawyer Deborah Coyne -- who had a daughter with Pierre Trudeau -- have announced they intend to run.
The race officially kicks off Nov. 14. The winner will be named April 14 in Ottawa.