Time to deliver

It’s clear the Liberals’ surprise surge from third-party status to majority government in Monday’s federal election wasn’t so much a case of “Trudeaumania II” but an overwhelming desire to vote out Stephen Harper’s Conservatives after almost a decade in power.
Still, one cannot discount the effect that Mr. Trudeau’s personality and style, coupled with the Liberal Party’s “positive” campaign strategy, had on the outcome of Monday’s vote—especially when compared to the hyper-partisan, quasi-dictatorial approach that Mr. Harper personified during his years at 24 Sussex Dr. and which voters increasingly came to vilify.
The challenge now, of course, is whether Mr. Trudeau can deliver on his “Real change now” message that wound up resonating so strongly with the electorate.
His victory speech Monday night certainly was reminiscent of U.S. President Barack Obama’s “hope and change” mantra that swept him into the White House back in 2008. And, ironically, Mr. Trudeau and the Liberals were able to tap into the “hope over fear” theme that the late NDP leader Jack Layton had penned to Canadians just prior to his death in 2011 better than his own party could.
No doubt voters are keen to buy into Mr. Trudeau’s promises of “sunny ways” and that “Canada is back.” Voters, however, also are very fickle—and not particularly patient.
As is the case with any new government, how long the honeymoon lasts will depend on how well Mr. Trudeau is able to translate glowing words into concrete action.