‘Privileged’ Justin Trudeau accused of colonialist attitude over boxing match
Account of how 2012 match against fellow politician Patrick Brazeau came about doesn’t square with vows to repair Canada’s relationship with indigenous people
Justin Trudeau is an international celebrity on par with the Jenners and the Kardashians. For 20 months, he has also been Canada’s Prime Minister.
Being on the cover of August’s Rolling Stone magazine as ‘the free world’s best hope’ is an extraordinary PR coup for a Canadian politician.
One is reminded of British Conservative leader Benjamin Disraeli’s dry comment of Liberal leader William Gladstone, whom he found insufferably arrogant: ‘He has not one single redeeming defect.’
The substantial puff-piece from one of the United States’ leading entertainment magazines is playing rather badly in Canada. The faint praise of being favorably compared to President Donald Trump, whom the media establishment despises, is perhaps less damning though than Trudeau’s confession that his media profile was enhanced by pounding a virile young native Canadian Senator.
A man who self-identifies with the identity politics of the marginalized is taking an image hit among them.
Whether Canadians will find their celebrity Prime Minister’s largely unscrutinized defects redeeming for much longer is the question.
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