February 18, 2013
Akin: The Liberal race takes a turn
By David Akin, Parliamentary Bureau Chief
I was worried for Justin Trudeau's physical safety in the first few minutes of his boxing match with Sen. Patrick Brazeau last March.
Brazeau -- stocky, muscular and powerful-looking -- had literally burst out of his corner when the bell rang and started pummelling Trudeau's willowy frame.
But, to the surprise of many, Trudeau withstood the initial onslaught and, using his own intelligence and patience and relying on the wisdom of those who had trained him to box, he fought his way to victory by dint of a technical knockout.
The headlines the next day were variations of "Trudeau Scores Stunning Upset!"
And yet it wasn't such a stunning upset to Trudeau or those who know him well. He knew precisely what he was doing in the ring. He kept his head through the first onslaught and then stuck to his game plan. The end result: victory.