Justin continues to step into it. On Canada's National Day of Reconciliation, he took a holiday. Susan Delacourt writes:
Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was never supposed to be about politicians. Nor was it intended to be a vacation.
It has now become about both, thanks to Justin Trudeau’s puzzlingly ill-timed decision to begin a vacation in Tofino, B.C. — exactly on Canada’s newest day of remembrance. The prime minister, perhaps in that spirit, has handed his critics something they won’t let him forget.
Instead of focusing on truth and reconciliation with Indigenous people, the story has become whether Trudeau’s office told the truth about his Thursday itinerary and how to reconcile surfing plans with solemn reflection.
It is almost impossible see this development in nuance or shades of grey. It was simply a bad idea for the prime minister to mix vacation plans with a day his own government created to show respect for survivors of residential schools.
Moreover, it was sloppy — to put it charitably — for the Prime Minister’s Office to initially declare on the official itinerary that Trudeau was in Ottawa, only to issue a correction about the location after his true whereabouts were made public.
Perhaps it's genetic. Justin does not show his middle finger to the nation. But he displays the same insufferable arrogance his father displayed in office.
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