TORONTO – A 2013 note in which then-Liberal leadership contender Justin Trudeau predicted he would beat Prime Minister Stephen Harper is up for sale on eBay.
Michael Kydd was on Porter Airlines flight on March 20, 2013, 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.”
Trudeau, who was running for the Liberal leadership at the time, confirmed the note in a tweet on the same day saying, “Yup, it was me.”
@davidakin @SusanDelacourt Yup, it was me. Late night flight back on Porter from Halifax, escaping the storm.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 20, 2013
Bidding on the note — which had attracted a top bid of $2,550 by Wednesday evening — ends Thursday afternoon.
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