National Newswatch

For a guy whose campaign motto is “Choose Forward,” Justin Trudeau sure spent a lot of time dwelling on the past as he kicked off his re-election campaign today.

The Liberal leader took time this morning to look back at the high points of his government’s record over the past four years, from renegotiating a new North American trade deal to positive job creation numbers to strengthening the Canada Pension Plan.

“These are things that are making a real difference in people’s lives,” Trudeau told reporters outside Rideau Hall this morning. “So we’ve all got a choice to make: keep moving forward and build on the progress we’ve made, or go back to the politics of the Harper years.”

That was one of half a dozen references Trudeau made to former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper this morning. He didn’t mention Andrew Scheer’s name once.

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