Days after being hammered in question period for being “a fake feminist,” Justin Trudeau swept into Vancouver Sunday night to boost his party’s new ‘star candidate’ Tamara Taggart at a nomination event.
The former CTV news anchor is set to take a run at the Vancouver-Kingsway riding held by NDP powerhouse Don Davies in the next federal election. While media personalities don’t always succeed in leaping to political office here in B.C., her nomination, and the Prime Minister’s appearance in Vancouver, was easy to understand for Gerald Baier, an associate professor of political science at the University of B.C. to explain.
“The party wants to do well around here, but there’s other things going on. (Trudeau) spent the last couple of question periods in Ottawa being accused of being a fake feminist and things like that, so a strong female candidate is great visuals for him. At the same time, she’s a star candidate,” he said.
“I do think a big part of being a good candidate is being able to communicate and being telegenic and all those sorts of things, and obviously someone like Tamara Taggart has all those qualities.”
Still, Baier said the performance record of media personalities at the polls here in B.C. “isn’t all that great.”
Notable among those who have successfully made the leap to politics in B.C. include Liberal MLA Jas Johal, Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran, and Christy Clark, the former premier.
Read more HERE at the Vancouver Sun website.