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This famous moment came up during lunch today at work and I had to share it with everyone. The response, “just watch me” from Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau has become lore in Canada but there is more to this particular interview than meets the eye. Notice how Trudeau is not reciting pre-written talking points. He is actually having a conversation with the reporter, and the reporter is actually having a conversation with Trudeau.

The line lasts seconds. But this seven minute exchange between the Prime Minister and a journalist contains the thoughts of the government, the concerns of the citizens and the overall approach of Trudeau himself. It is not a stage for Trudeau to sell a particular angel to Canadians. It is not a gotcha moment for the reporter (although the “just watch me” line did make headlines across the country). It was an exchange. And one that Canadians do not have the benefit of getting from politicians today.

Yes, I think the society must take every means at its disposal to defend itself against the emergence of a parallel power which defies the elected power in this country and I think that goes to any distance. So long as there is a power in here which is challenging the elected representative of the people I think that power must be stopped and I think it’s only, I repeat, weak-kneed bleeding hearts who are afraid to take these measures.

‘Just watch me’: Justin Trudeau invokes father’s famous words when asked if he can beat Stephen Harper
Liberal leadership frontrunner Justin Trudeau appears to have little problem embracing his father’s controversial legacy when it comes to taking potshots at Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

On a near-empty Porter Airlines flight from Halifax to Ottawa Tuesday evening, Trudeau was sent a note from a fellow passenger asking: “Can you really beat Harper?”

“Just watch me,” Trudeau wrote back, invoking Pierre Trudeau’s famous phrase during the 1970 October Crisis. (Screenshot/CP/Twitter)

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