In an interview two years ago, Mr. Trudeau said that “Canada isn’t looking good because it’s Albertans who are controlling our community and social-democratic agenda. It’s not working.”
Mr. Trudeau then suggested that the most important prime ministers in the recent history of Canada were also Quebec MPs, mentioning his father, Pierre Trudeau, and his successors Brian Mulroney, Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin. As part of his critique of Alberta politicians, Mr. Trudeau argued that Quebeckers were a crucial presence in federal politics.
Hear that Robert Borden, Mackenzie King, John Diefenbaker and Lester Pearson? You guys suck. Oh, yeah and all you 3.6 million Albertans, you suck even more dudes! Just totally and absolutely suck.! You guys aren't anywhere near as great as my dad!
I exaggerate slightly.
Justin, I understand you want to legalize pot. That's no excuse for smoking it just before taping an interview. Some free advice.
There are days I wake up and give my thanks that Justin Trudeau is in federal politics. Justin and Lizzy May are like gifts from the blogging gods. You simply cannot make this stuff up. It just wouldn't be believable. The tragedy here is that too much attention is paid to Justin. I'm sure if the MSM followed Lizzy around with a camera crew we'd have gems like this every day of the week.
This little anti-Alberta screed came to light thanks to the efforts of our friends over at the Sun News Network. The dividends of having a "right-wing" network are paying off handsomely there. The MSM has given the required minimum amount of coverage. What are the chances that this story would have seen the light of day without the SNN? Between slim to nil.
The Dauphin has issued the usual non-apology apology that is now standard among the political class:
In a brief media scrum in Vancouver, Trudeau said the interview was focused on urging Quebec residents to stop voting for the Parti Quebecois. He also said that he spoke of Alberta but he should have clarified that he meant to say Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Justin often gets confused. A single politician. An entire province. So many things he has to remember if he is going to get daddy's old job back and prove he's more than a shiny haired pretty boy with more looks than sense. On the Grit blog circuit they were excusing Justin's little faux pas on the grounds of youth and inexperience. He's past forty and been in elected politics since 2008. There are the rules and then are the rules that apply only to Justin.
This is why this gaffe will have not the slightest impact on the Son and Heir's leadership prospects. He has been anointed as the saviour of the party. The northern star that shall guide the nation to its future glories. Justin could be caught on video slaughtering Canadian beaver with a rusty pitchfork and still be crowned Grit leader in the spring. David McGuinty said some mildly offensive things about westerners and had to fall on his sword. But David is merely the brother of Dalton. Justin c'est Justin.
The smart Liberals, assuming there are any left in the party, should be taking a long look at their presumptive next leader. Is this the guy you want standing toe to toe with Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair? Seriously? The Grit teenybopers might discount Justin's repeated insults to the non-Quebec parts of the country, but what about everyone else? If you're a member of the mortgage paying class, do you want this kid at the helm? Appointing the next finance minister and having a say over the next Governor of the Bank of Canada.
Here's some friendly advice from a usually unfriendly source: Justin is like that cute guy in high school. Might be a weekend fling thing but not marriage material. Then there's Martha Hall Findlay. Not so young but also nowhere near as stupid. If the Liberal Party wants to get back to the grown up table, they need to elect an adult as leader. Justin clearly isn't there yet.