Tuesday, October 18, 2016

COMMON GROUND by JUSTIN TRUDEAU

    I just finished reading Common Ground I found it a very interesting and informative book. I remember Justin's birth and heard about him many times but your don't really know what his life was like or what he did. This book fills in the details.

    Justin's Dad Pierre, was late 40's when he married Justin's mother who was in her early 20's. Justin comments on this factor.

    Justin goes on to cover his parent's divorce, upbringing by his father and much more.

    Justin claims he had a fairly ordinary childhood with brothers who often rough housed. But on the other hand Justin and his brothers travelled with their Dad and met many dignitaries.
 
   Justin spends a lot of time covering his long post secondary education. He spent time teaching and travelling. He decided to take engineering.

   Justin then covers his slow entry into politics. He thought things out before entering the political field. He was ready. He new what he wanted and how to get it.

    He covers his mother's mental health and how it affected his growing up. His mother also remarried and had two children which of course, gave him two half brothers. He spent much time with his mother's family. He also has a half sister who is Pierre's daughter.

   He covers his romance and how he met and courted Sophie. He wants to work with his wife as a team.

   He also had major loses on his life. His brother Michel was lost in a mountaineering accident where he was carried to the bottom of a mountain lake and was never found. And of course, his father's death was devastating.

     Along the way other topics are covered and of course the details are there.

     I found this an interesting book and would highly recommend that people read it. You may not agree with everything, but you will understand Justin's main goal that he wants to find common ground with Canadians and Canada as a country. Surely unity makes for a stronger country.

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27 comments:

  1. I think it would of been an interesting contest if Justin was American and ran against Donald Trump. Trump would probably lose every state except Alabama

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    1. I can not understand why the Republican party chose Trump.

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  2. I'm glad you enjoyed the book which I read about a year ago and enjoyed for the same reasons you did.

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  3. I really didn't know much about him, I will have to look for the book

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    1. I wonder if Common Ground was published and sold in the US?

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  4. I will read it, Red. I think he's a really cool young man already. :-)

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    1. I think that you would be surprised how he goes about government.

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  5. I really admire him. Surely not an 'ordinary' life, but one that has shaped him. Sadly, politics being what it is, it is tough navigating through and enacting change. Nice summary of his life!

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    1. I was impressed that he was a thinker. He bounced his ideas off others he worked with.

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  6. Hi Red, Now that you've told me Justin was a teacher at one time I have even more respect for him. You guys in Canada are lucky to have him as your leader. Wish we could get someone like him down here in the states. Thanks for telling us about this book.

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    1. It takes so much money to run in your country and ours that it limits who can actually run so an idiot gets the chance to run.

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  7. This sounds like a very interesting book. I'll have to check my local library for it.

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    1. I was surprised to see 4 copies in our library.

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  8. I have not read it yet. I was up at Rideau Hall at Thanksgiving and noticed one of the benches around the rose garden had a memorial plaque with Michel's name on it.

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    1. All three Trudeaus were very different.

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  9. From what I gather, Canada has got a great leader in Justin Trudeau. Glad you liked the book!

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    1. I just hope he maintains what he is and doesn't get dragged into political competition.

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  10. I would be very interested to read his book. Enjoyed the review Red, thank you.

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    1. I wonder if there is an American printing.

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  11. I know little about him but what I've heard is impressive.

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    1. He's a very down to earth kind of guy.

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  12. If Trump becomes our next president the people in America's blue states may be headed your way to get to know this young man better.

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  13. We have a large American population now. My daughter is an american and she won't be coming back whoever wins. she's got too much to lose.

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  14. I think you have a good leader for your country, and only wish we, your southern neighbors, could do as well.

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  15. I recommended this book to my husband. Sounds like just his kind of thing.

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  16. This sounds like a very interesting book and yes, he'd certainly beat Trump easily.

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