Even the most quivering Justin Trudeau fanboy must be getting a little sick by now of all the offshore hagiography.
Justin in a high-fashion magazine, arms around his well-dressed wife; Justin at home in pajamas being just a great dad; Justin peering handsomely from the cover Dr. Hook famously wanted but didn’t rate.
Justin this, Justin that.
Rolling Stone just called him “the free world’s best hope,” and “the Northern star.” The article was so humid you could store cigars in it.
Okay, admittedly, it’s fun watching the frenzied eructation this sort of stuff provokes in the Trudeau Derangement Syndrome mob.
Their near-crazed hatred of Trudeau — far more muscular than what they directed at Paul Martin or Jean Chrétien — is a bit puzzling. Because, after all, while Trudeau is a good-looking, amicable fellow, married to a lovely woman with whom he fathers lovely children, he’s really nothing more than a garden-variety liberal.
He’s devoted to wealth redistribution, and taxing (and borrowing) and spending, without much discipline. Just ask the experts who study fiscal discipline.
He promised to reform the electoral system and failed. He may or may not legalize marijuana nationwide. He sells war ordnance to Saudi Arabia, which of course uses it to kill people, and then his government pronounces itself concerned.
He’s tossed money at Indigenous people, which they deserve, and the emcee at his swearing-in intoned the new catechism about how everyone was standing on the unceded land of the such-and-such a tribe (although I noticed there was no mention of giving Rideau Hall back).
Trudeau calls himself a feminist, and there is some evidence to support that. An acquaintance who works delivering Canada’s foreign aid says all efforts are now trained on improving the lot of women in the developing world. Perhaps that’s even possible. Who knows? Good on him for trying.
As a liberal intellectual — he’s no Daniel Patrick Moynihan, or Adlai Stevenson or, sorry, Pierre Trudeau — his most memorable quote to date seems to be “Our diversity is our strength,” a line he delivers all over the world to polite audiences, many of which (the Chinese, the Saudis, etc.) think diversity is cultural death.
Even the adoring Rolling Stone reporter noted Trudeau is “frustratingly on message when it comes to political answers.”