The polls suggest we have a very popular prime minister. On Friday, the Calgary Herald reported, "One poll released this week found 67 per cent of Canadians would consider voting for Trudeau’s Liberals." It seems that Canadians have been captured by his dynamism and accessibility, and because he appears sincere in his desire to do the right thing. It may also explain why he now has 1.98 million followers on Twitter.
And while there are emerging narratives that Trudeau deftly uses his image, social media and personal appearances as a way to advance his political agenda, this concerns very few at this point, with most people most likely still wanting to enjoy the ride after ten years of a prime minister who was seen to be unfeeling and who instinctively distanced himself from people and the media. Canadians are generally warmed by photos of Trudeau embracing people, and are still left cold by the memory of Stephen Harper shaking hands with his children as he dropped them off at school more than a decade ago.