Justin Trudeau could win on popularity and political street smarts

Liberal Party of Canada leadership candidate Justin Trudeau takes questions from student supporters...

Liberal Party of Canada leadership candidate Justin Trudeau takes questions from student supporters at the U of T Earth Science Centre in Toronto November 13 2012. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

David Akin, Parliamentary Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 6:05 PM ET

ALFRED, ONT. - After following Justin Trudeau's Liberal leadership campaign tour around eastern Ontario Friday, two things stood out.

First, Trudeau's supporters really like to touch him. Their relationship with their candidate is a tactile one. They grab his arm. They hug him. He is the Liberal plush toy.

Second, Trudeau considers the long gun registry to be a dead issue. Should he win the Liberal leadership and should he lead a government he will not be reviving the long gun registry.


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