OTTAWA: Prabjote Lakhanpal raises his fist in a black power salute in the House of Commons
OTTAWA – Watch out, Justin Trudeau — Prabjote (PJ) Lakhanpal is gunning for your job.
The 19-year-old cancer survivor from Brampton, Ont., says he wants to be prime minister — a job he had the chance to try on for size for a few days as part of an elaborate wish granted by Make-A-Wish Canada.
He can even talk the talk.
When asked if he’s serious about seeking the top job someday, Lakhanpal replied, “Just watch me” — former prime minister Pierre Trudeau’s famous retort to a question about invoking the War Measures Act in 1970.
Being prime minister “seems like a tough life,” but Lakhanpal is confident he’s up to the task.
“You know, I’ve battled cancer. There’s nothing worse than that,” he said. “So, I’m ready to take this on in the future.”
Lakhanpal, who prefers to go by his nickname, PJ, is currently in remission following a battle in 2012 with Hodgkin lymphoma, a form of cancer that affects the body’s immune system. The disease made him a candidate for Make-A-Wish, the famous foundation that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Mulcair wished Lakhanpal well, no matter what he pursues in life.
“I’m hoping that he uses his strength, first of all, to take good care of himself,” said Mulcair.
“It’s obvious that he’s got lots of inner strength as well. I’m looking forward to seeing him play an important role in our society, whatever he decides that’s going to be.”
Mulcair suggested a slogan for Lakhanpal’s campaign: “PJ for PM.”
Lakhanpal’s preference? “I like to say, ‘Long live Canada.'”
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