Vancouver Crown prosecutor wants to take on Justin Trudeau for Liberal leadership
Vancouver Crown persecutor Alex Burton wants to challenge Justin Trudeau for Liberal leadership. (SUBMITTED)
Vancouver Crown prosecutor Alex Burton considers himself The Voice when it comes to the race for the federal Liberal leadership. But political experts agree even support from singer Christina Aguilera wouldn't help him win.
Burton believes Liberals need a leader capable of addressing Canadians’ concerns over jobs and the economy.
“I realized if the Liberal Party was going to move in a direction I believed in, I had to step up and take responsibility and be that voice,” the 44-year-old bilingual father of two said Monday.
Burton is not an MP nor does he have the name or political pedigree of Justin Trudeau.
“Mr. Trudeau brings attention to the race and that’s great,” Burton said. “We are focused on our plan, our message and my vision of Canada.”
Norman Ruff, a retired University of Victoria political science professor, said the odds are stacked against Burton.
“It is more about Burton raising his profile within the party and the media than even a remote chance at the leadership,” Ruff said in an email.
Burton’s website notes he was born in Toronto and worked on his first political campaign age 10. He is the Vancouver Kingsway Liberal riding association president.
He is currently travelling across the country building grassroots support.
“We are going to the places in between the big cities, connecting with Canadians,” he said. “That is something the Liberal Party needs to do.”
Electing a leader from Vancouver would give the Liberals a chance to rebuild support in western Canada. Currently, only four of the 35 Liberal MPs are from the West.
“We can't keep going into every election with one hand tied behind our back,” Burton said.