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Trudeau's plan, Harper's dilemma and more as Grits crown leader today

Justin Trudeau arrives at the convention hall and is swarmed by media and supporters at the federal Liberal leadership showcase in Toronto on April 6, 2013.

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Eight items to pore over before the Liberals announce their new leader Sunday evening.

  1. Justin Trudeau has an eight-point plan for building the Liberal party to be powerful and in power again.
  2. But first, he must win the leadership election under the complicated new voting system that's easy to understand if you read this.
  3. And once Mr. Trudeau does win, interim leader Bob Rae has some advice for him.
  4. The Liberal Party, famous for factional infighting, appears united, jubilant and renewed and has become Justin Trudeau’s personal political machine, John Ibbitson writes.
  5. Critics dismiss Mr. Trudeau as all hair and rhetoric and no substance, but Jeffrey Simpson counsels against dismissing his flair for the stage.
  6. You can see that flair for yourself in these highlights from Mr. Trudeau's final campaign speech.
  7. Conservative leader Stephen Harper has to let it be known soon whether he will lead the party into another election, Lawrence Martin writes. If he delays that decision until next year, he will leave his successor no time to establish a presence or record before going into the 2015 election campaign.
  8. You would be forgiven for thinking all politicians are the same as genealogy website traces the family-tree connections between Mr. Trudeau and NDP leader Thomas Mulcair.

Full coverage and analysis of the race on our Liberal leadership page.

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