When Justin Trudeau goes on the world stage, I want him to do well. The reason is simple: He represents Canada.
Most outsiders won’t know about internal squabbles between Liberals and Conservatives and only know he’s the leader of Canada - the face and voice of Canadians.
I mocked parts of his Vanity Fair interview but I do want him to make us look good as I’d expect from any leader because it’s tough for Canada to get international media attention.
With Justin being a young, dreamy progressive, American media are flocking to him so his profile on 60 Minutes was a great opportunity to showcase Canada and get millions of people thinking good things about Canada.
I didn’t expect much more than a profile yet Trudeau even blew this puff piece by insulting Americans, saying he wished they knew more about the world and essentially calling them dumb.
Liberals can’t help their automatic anti-Americanism and some Conservatives do it too, but Trudeau’s words matter. He’s not just some guy sitting on a bar stool talking trash about his latest trip to Buffalo. This is the PM of the country next door.
Generally, I find Americans knowledgeable about the world but just as you find with Canadians, some are tuned in, some aren’t. Let’s not forget, this is a guy whose own record on understanding the world around him isn’t exactly spotless yet he goes on American TV and lectures them?
CBC will highlight all the tweets from progressives showing admiration for Trudeau but last Friday, his lecture became a Drudge headline linking to an Associated Press story with his comments - a story that spread far and wide.
If he had been able to stop his Liberal reflex, Trudeau could have had a great publicity day for Canada, but he couldn’t. He had to take the shot.
Pity for us and shame on him.