Justin Trudeau, Member of Parliament and leadership candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada is interviewed by Jordan Banks, Managing Director, Facebook Canada at the Art Gallery of Ontario in downtown Toronto on Thursday Oct 11, 2012.
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"Conversations are going on from before you showed up, and they will continue after you leave, and there's these small groups talking about different things," Trudeau said during a talk with Facebook Canada's managing director Jordan Banks at the close of a social media summit held at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto Thursday."And you have to come in and you'll be judged by how you contribute to the party, contribute to each individual conversation."
His remarks were a part of a half-hour "fireside chat" at the day-long seminar led by Facebook in an attempt to give insight into Canadian audiences.
When probed about social media shaping a democracy, Trudeau said he was concerned about the way people chose their "corner of the Internet."
"You can end up creating a community that even though you're reaching people around the world, they're so singular in their focus, they're so narrow-minded in their focus that you're not actually creating a better sense of connection," he said.
Known for being active on Twitter and Facebook, he says he doesn't worry about his image because he's being himself.
"I am aware and, unlike our Republican counterparts to the south, I never sit in a room anymore and don't assume that somebody's got a little camera filming me," Trudeau joked.
He also said there are no easy solutions to the dilemmas facing society.
"If there were simple answers to our complex problems, someone would have figured them out already," he said.
When asked how he reaches out to youth who feel unheard, he pointed out that young people have traditionally been ignored by politicians.
"But young people don't want to hear about partisan attack politics," Trudeau said. "They don't want to hear 'oh he said this and I said this' ... they want to hear ... what are you going to do about the big issues?"