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Justin Trudeau Alberta

November 24, 2012 by  

Justin Trudeau Alberta, Back in 2010, Justin Trudeau expressed what many Easterners think about Westerners leading the country – an uncannily similar view to that many Westerners have had about Easterners running Canada. The offending quote by the Liberal leadership front-runner was dug up just days before Monday’s vote in the Calgary Centre byelection by, who else, the Conservatives:

“Canada isn’t looking good because it’s Albertans who are controlling our community and social democratic agenda. It’s not working.”

Trudeau turned up Friday morning at a hastily convened news conference in downtown Vancouver, trying to explain away his impolitic remark.

The controversy was made worse by the fact a similar comment had been made earlier in the week by Ontario Liberal MP David McGuinty who apologized and resigned his critic’s role after musing that Conservative MPs were shills for the oil industry and should “go home.”

Trudeau dealt with his own transgression by apologizing and telling reporters his message was directed to those Quebecers who see the Harper government as alien to their aspirations. He was, he noted, trying to dissuade them from voting for the Parti Quebecois.

He would have better focused his remarks on Conservatives rather than Albertans, acknowledged his campaign team.

But let’s be fair. Two years ago, when he made his comment in French to a Quebec interviewer, he was no more than a backbencher from Montreal, expressing what many of his constituents probably were feeling.

That sort of sentiment certainly was at play in the West when Canada had a succession of prime ministers from Quebec between 1968 and 2006, the date when Stephen Harper, an MP from Calgary, won government.

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