About those China commentsPosted: November 10, 2013
Justin Trudeau – and the team around him – have found themselves under some criticism this week. First with the “ladies” night fundraiser’s condescending invitation, and then, with the much more troubling comments our leader made at said funder.
This is, verbatim, what Trudeau Jr. said at the event in response to a “un-fluffy” question asked by event – and evite – organizer Amanda Alvaro:
Question: “Which nation, besides Canada, which nation’s administration do you most admire, and why?”
Answer: “You know, there’s a level of of admiration I actually have for China because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime and say ‘we need to go green fastest…we need to start investing in solar.’ I mean there is a flexibility that I know Stephen Harper must dream about of having a dictatorship that he can do everything he wanted that I find quite interesting.
But if I were to reach out and say which…which kind of administration I most admire, I think there’s something to be said right here in Canada for the way our territories are run. Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and the Yukon are done without political parties around consensus. And are much more like a municipal government. And I think there’s a lot to be said for people pulling together to try and solve issues rather than to score points off of each other. And I think we need a little more of that.
But Sun News can now report that I prefer China.”
Trudeau apologists immediately went to work on Twitter and other social media sites to defensively point out that Justin was “joking.” Joking. Seriously everybody, he was JOKING! OKAY?!
But those of us who haven’t, you know, checked our critical faculties at the door, suspected otherwise.
So, not a joke.
It was a mistake, a big one. And to have Team Justin groupies insisting it was a joke, or to dismiss it as some sort of Sun News gotcha attack, was stupid.
It’s going to be a long two years until the next election if this is the strategy.