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Navy Reservist: Canadian Politics and Cancer Research

navy reservist: In the opposite corner, wearing Tory blue, was a young aboriginal leader and Conservative senator named Patrick Brazeau, who is a former navy reservist and a second-degree black belt in karate, according to Rabble. Bookies had given the lanky Trudeau, a former high school teacher, three-to-one odds against. He was clad in a lustrous red robe, the colour of the Liberal party, for which he was then a junior member of parliament. The televised match was ostensibly a fundraiser for cancer research, but in Ottawa it became a sensation a display of partisan pageantry rarely seen in the staid world of Canadian politics, where bland works had been the watchword of one long-serving provincial premier. The Liberal party, which had governed Canada for much of the 20th century, had been reduced to a historically low number of seats. The fight's symbolism was lost on no one in recent years, the Conservatives had battered the Liberals, turning a narrow lead in the 2006 election into a majority government by 2011. ( As reported in the news.