Common Ground

Common Ground

Book - 2014
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Justin Trudeau's candid memoir will reveal to its readers the experiences that have shaped him over the course of his life and show how his passion for Canada and its people took root. Covering the years from his childhood at 24 Sussex to his McGill days during the tumultuous time of the Charlottetown Accord to his first campaign in Papineau to his role as Liberal leader today, the book will capture the foundational moments that have formed the man we have come to know and informed his vision for the future of Canada. Filled with anecdotes, personal reflections, and never-before-seen photographs from his own collection, Mr. Trudeau's memoir will show how the events of his life have led him to this moment and prepared him for the future. All proceeds from the book will be donated to the domestic programs of the Canadian Red Cross Society that serve local communities and people across the country that need it most.
Publisher: Toronto :, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd,, 2014
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781443433372
Characteristics: 343 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour), colour portraits ; 24 cm


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Nov 17, 2017

Justin is our best choice. God save us from the Conservative bunch, as they in their last year of rule tried to even disregard our Constitution and attacked the Constitutional rights of several minority groups. All that was not only Harper's idea, and a Conservative female politician (Ms Leech of Alberta) also said (it was in our Media) that they want to change life in Canada back to the old ways of the 1800s (before Constitution). Why did 30 percent of Canadians vote for them, I wonder, after the Conservatives appealed against our Constitutional rights at the Supreme Court, and this was in the Media - why did 30pc vote for them? If the Conservatives don't respect the rights of some of us, do those 30% hope they'll be able to hold some privileged place later on? I think that later on it would be their turn to lose them, and what Harper did was only a try, a beginning of something more. My guess is that the Conservatives want to create conflict between social groups and install a sort of Dictatorship. Their immigration minister said that employers should rather hire "homegrown Canadians" and that immigrants should "make more effort." And the Conservatives said that refugees children should not become citizens even if they are born in Canada. And that refugees should not get health care. What is this? Fortunately the Supreme Court knocked down their efforts.

Nov 17, 2017

Interesting to read about Justin's early formative years, but a bit too preachy towards the end for my taste.

Sep 26, 2017

Having Justin Trudeau in the PM's office to me means that we have someone at the helm that truly cares about Canadians and the World. We have a leader that sees the bigger picture and has a vision of what we want our country and our world to look like and feel like working towards a brighter and more wholly fulfilling future. It can be done.

Our indigenous people, our challenged, our environment, our animals, global warming and how we get our energy and at what cost; we need to have employment, children need to feel safe and happy and fed while learning how to be responsible and thriving adults.

This book is very well written and I found it immensely enjoyable. He has the experience, the knowledge and understanding and most importantly, he has the compassion necessary for a world leader. And I feel privileged that he is our leader.

Mar 28, 2017

Justin is the best choice for average Canadians. I ask you to not forget what Harper and his regressive Conservatives did or tried to do in their last year of majority rule - they challenged our Constitution, but lost at the level of the Supreme Court, but they appealed. Looks like they would like to re-write our Constitution. And it was said in the Media that when Harper had his first Cabinet Meeting when he won majority, he said: "by the time I finish my work, you won't recognize Canada." And in our local "24hr" and "Metro" newspapers there are daily articles trying to undermine public trust in Justin. Looks like those bankrupt newspapers are being paid by the regressive Conservatives. Now, about the upcoming BC elections. The Liberals of BC have systematically sold out BC real estate to foreign investors, and we see now the result - the housing crisis. But now John Horgan and the NDP is offering new solutions, which I find promising for our economy. The NDP wants to reduce lumber exports and install new wood processing plants to add more value and to create jobs. Under the Liberals in the past 16 years abt 100 sawmills have been closed down. Looks like the NDP may bring some good solutions to end the present problems, which have been created by the Liberals. The NDP was originally founded as "Cooperative Commonwealth Federation" to save honest Canadians from economic disasters, and now they are offering a kind of return to those good traditions of theirs.

Jun 02, 2016

Oddly stuffy for a 44-year-old's memoir. Lacks extra info for American readers not familiar with Canadian political history.

May 13, 2016

This was about a three-star celebrity autobiography and a one-star political autobiography, which accounts for my overall two-star rating.
On p.107, one reads “Wherever I went, there were locals. A clear majority. A mainstream. And any minorities, be they North Africans In Paris, European expats in Burkina Faso, Lebanese supermarket owners in Ivory Coast, Chinese students in Russia, Australians in Thailand, … were always ‘others’, an exception to the rule, to the national identity.” So for those looking for a celebrity biography, we get a feel for the author’s impressive range of travels. Those looking for some kind of serious analysis must be already squirming. Russia has over five million ethnic Tatars and millions of ethnic Ukrainians, so why, when he is looking for people who differ from the base does he go to ethnic Chinese, and why to university students there to study and not to the many Chinese who have permanently moved to the Russian Far East?
Anyway, the big difference between Canada and every other country, according to Justin Trudeau, is we have no mainstream, no base. Of course, Canada as a country should and does reject citizenship based on ethnicity, and we don’t want to discriminate against people based on their race or religion. However, Justin Trudeau’s view of Canada seems to violate commonsense perceptions. Most places have English-speaking or French-speaking majorities. Except on Indian reserves and in Nunavut, most places still have white majorities or white pluralities and in most communities the bulk of the population is at least nominally Christian. What Justin Trudeau seems to be describing is not a reality, but an aspiration, where he wants his immigration and refugee policies to take us.
On p.238 one reads “Outside Quebec, few Canadians appreciate the fall-out of the Gomery Commission within my home province.” The Gomery Commission was set up to investigate the sponsorship scandal in Quebec, when the Auditor General’s report indicated that about $100 million in contracts had gone to Liberal-friendly firms for doing little or no work, although Justin Trudeau never says anything about that. It doesn’t bode well for his first term in office. In his first term in office, does he plan to avoid corrupt practices or just commissions to investigate them?

Apr 26, 2016

One question, can Justin Trudeau save global warming?
If he can do these things to save unhealthy people and the budgets themself easily then he CAN save global warming right? Otherwise this book is amazing and awe.

Feb 04, 2016

Good book - tells about all his hard work to get where he is today.

Jan 25, 2016

I found this a really interesting enjoyable read and it increased my respect for this man, as well as for his family. He takes a long-view look at himself, his history, and his background and honestly tries to view things through eyes other than his own before reaching an opinion.

Dec 14, 2015

Very readable. The words fly off the page. Half of the book is autobiographical while the last half provides the details of his successful run in politics. He acknowledges those who helped him, but, more importantly, he shares his values of what he believes the Liberal Party should stand for. I can see he is following this agenda as PM.

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