TORONTO – A note that referenced the past while predicting the future has been sold for more than $12,000.
The document is a 2013 note in which then-Liberal leadership contender Justin Trudeau predicted he would succeed Stephen Harper as Canada’s prime minister.
Michael Kydd was on a Porter Airlines flight on March 20 that year and passed a note to Trudeau asking “Can you really beat Harper?”
Trudeau responded with a quote from his late father – former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau- “Just watch me.”
The younger Trudeau, who was running for the Liberal leadership at the time, is now the prime minister-designate after helping his party win a majority government in Monday’s election.
The note, which was posted on eBay, sold this afternoon for a total of $12,301.
Trudeau’s father replied “Well, just watch me!” on Oct. 13, 1970, when asked by a reporter how far he would go in limiting civil liberties to combat separatist terrorists during the October Crisis.
Three days later, Pierre Elliott Trudeau invoked the War Measures Act, giving police more power in response to the kidnapping of British diplomat James Cross and Quebec provincial cabinet minister Pierre Laporte by the FLQ.