Justin Trudeau main target for third Grit leadership debate

Justin Trudeau stopped in the Town of Bracebridge as part of his campaign for the leadership of the...

Justin Trudeau stopped in the Town of Bracebridge as part of his campaign for the leadership of the federal Liberal party on Feb. 15 2013. (Corey Wilkinson/QMI Agency)

Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:43 PM ET

OTTAWA — Liberal leadership frontrunner Justin Trudeau was pressured by challengers Saturday to show he has substance, not just sizzle.

Trudeau, who has raised more money than all other candidates combined, was the main target throughout the third debate in the Grit leadership race, held Saturday afternoon in Mississauga, Ont.

There will be five debates before a new party boss is named on April 14.

Trudeau’s main challenger, former astronaut Marc Garneau, took aim at the 41-year-old Quebec MP for his qualifications.

Garneau, 63, was the first Canadian in space. He has also been a naval officer, an electrical engineer, a university chancellor and the president of the Canadian Space Agency.

“Leadership is about much more than being a motivational speaker,” Garneau said to Trudeau. “Please tell us what in your resume qualifies you to be the leader of the country.”

Trudeau said he has unrolled a number of different policy ideas, including on education. He is a certified teacher.

“We can’t lead from a podium...you can’t win over Canadians with a five-point plan,” he said.


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