So Justin Trudeau’s staff panicked a couple of weeks ago. The spoiled rich kid prime minister was looking like a spoiled rich kid, so they sent him on the road for town hall meetings.
Yesterday’s town hall was in Sherbooke, Quebec. About 150,000 people, 90 per cent French. But its solid minority of English-speakers makes it like an English town in the middle of a French city.
And someone who was English asked a question about getting mental health services, despite the language barrier.
So Trudeau answered her — in French.
He used bilingualism as a weapon. Not as something to bring people together, but as a pecking order — to put a poor dumb Anglo like her in her place.
You see, bilingualism was never about harmony or cooperation.
It was about French Canadians, who for a long time felt looked down upon by wealthier, more powerful Anglos, sticking it to Anglos.
And Trudeau? He’s actually said Quebec is better than the rest of Canada, remember?
And Canadians voted for him anyways — or at least 39 per cent of us did...
TONIGHT's guests: Broadcaster John Gormley on Kevin O'Leary's entry into the Conservative Party leadership race; then our own Sheila Gunn Reid on Wildrose MP Brian Jean's invitation to Trudeau, to visit Fort McMurray as it rebuilds after the wildfire.
PS: My NEW book is here! It's called Trumping Trudeau, and it's all about how Trump's election rendered Canada's policies obsolete overnight.
So what happens now, and how will Trudeau react? See my predictions in Trumping Trudeau!