Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Trudeau responds to Tory attack ads with new video

Justin Trudeau in a new ad from the Liberal Party of Canada

Liberal Party of Canada/YouTube

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says "Canadians deserve better" than negative politics and defends his record in a new ad responding to recent Conservative attacks.

In the 30-second commercial, Trudeau switches off a classroom TV playing one of attack ads, which criticizes his experience, saying the new opposition leader is "way over his head".

"We can keep mistrusting and finding flaws in each other, or we can pull together and get to work," Mr. Trudeau tells the camera.

Story continues below advertisement

The Conservative attacks ads also took aim at Trudeau's work experience, targeting his past jobs as a drama teacher and camp counsellor.

"I'm proud to be a teacher," the Liberal Leader says, in front of the classroom's blackboard.

Trudeau's message in the new ad echoes his earlier response to the Tory ads in Parliament, where he said that Canadians are tired "of negativity, of bullying, of cynicism," adding "the Conservatives are going to discover that the one thing they know how to do really well is no longer working for them."

In the classroom ad, Trudeau also defends the Tory attack ads' criticism that he had one of the worst attendance records as an MP.

"I worked hard to earn the confidence of folks in Papineau," he says.

"Although I'm a leader, I'm here to serve."

Report an error Licensing Options

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at