OK I realize that to the Canadian media, AKA “The Justin Trudeau Fan Club”, that question is close to heretical.
After all, they keep telling us about how it’s our national destiny to see Trudeau the Magnificent proclaimed God-Emperor … oops I mean Prime Minister.
In fact, they seem irked we have to endure three whole years of non-Trudeau rule.
Yet we need, I think, to consider those controversial comments he made a few years ago that recently surfaced in a Sun News story.
It seems to me they might conceivably, possibly, perhaps, be considered somewhat of a mistake.
You probably know which comments I’m talking about.
While being interviewed for a French-language news show, Trudeau proclaimed “
isn’t doing well right now because it’s Albertans who control our community and
socio-democratic agenda. It doesn’t work.” Canada
He doesn’t say
isn’t doing well because
Conservatives are running the country or because Harper is running the country,
but because “Albertans” control our
socio-democratic agenda, whatever that means. Canada
To me, that sounds an awful lot like anti-Albertan bigotry. I mean, if you take Trudeau at his word, he would actually support a Conservative Quebecer for prime minister over a Liberal Albertan.
Take that Harvey Locke!
Take that Harvey Locke!
He then goes on to say the only good prime ministers come from
Quebec and indeed that Canada “belongs to .” Quebec
Needless to say, these are not the sort of comments that will win votes outside of
It also undermines the media narrative that Trudeau is an idealist whose only
goal in life is to unite all Canadians in a big group hug. Montreal
Mind you, I doubt this will get him into too much trouble, at least in the short term. For one thing the media won’t play it up. Check out, for instance, this Canadian Press story on his comments which manages to put Trudeau in a positive light and attack the Conservatives all the while burying the lede so deep you will need a steam shovel to find it.
Now that’s journalism.
Also, we must remember Trudeau’s comments were made in 2010, before the media realized he was the true Messiah who would rid the country of the evil Harperites. Recall, at that time they assumed Michael Ignatieff was the true Messiah who would rid the country of the evil Harperites.
So given all that, maybe technically-speaking we shouldn’t consider his two-year old comments a mistake.
But still, whether the media will admit it or not, this episode reveals two glaring weaknesses in Trudeau’s candidacy.
First, it shows how the guy lacks political savvy and message discipline. In other words, he has a tendency to say stupid things. This means the problem for the Liberals isn’t what dopey things Trudeau has said in the past, it’s what dopey things he might say in the future.
And you better believe once he steps in the jungle of leadership politics, his battle-hardened and tough opponents will do everything they can to get under his skin, hoping to trigger an ill-considered outburst.
Secondly, and more importantly, Trudeau’s comments on
reveal that his mindset is more suited to the 1970s. Quebec
Back in those days Liberals assumed
Canada’s governing classes had to come from
Central Canada, so as to ensure the country was run for the benefit of Central Canada.
Anything west of
was there simply to provide a location for Liberal Party socialist experiments like the National Energy Program. Ontario
This, by the way, is also apparently the attitude of Trudeau’s comrade, Liberal MP David McGuinty.
What McGuinty and Trudeau don’t seem to get is that
much different place than it was 40 years ago. Canada
Economic and political power is shifting west and if Trudeau doesn’t come to grips with that fact, he will need more than a god-like persona to lead his party out of the wilderness.
After a consulting with his spin doctors and pollsters, Justin Trudeau now admits his comments about Alberta were a mistake!