Justin Trudeau Alberta

November 26, 2012 by  

Justin Trudeau Alberta, This last week some old comments that Justin Trudeau made about Alberta and Quebec came to light. He suggested Canada was worse off when it was run by Albertans saying, “Canada isn’t doing well right now because it’s Albertans who control our community and socio-democratic agenda. It doesn’t work.”

Most of the reaction to these comments has been by Albertans, who are understandably very offended. But it was another comment in the same interview that caught my attention.

Trudeau said, “when we look at the great Prime Ministers of the 20th century, the only ones who really stood the test of time were the ones from Quebec — it was (Pierre) Trudeau, it was Mulroney, it was Chretien, it was Paul Martin.”

It’s not just that Trudeau appears to believe we are worse off with Albertans in charge — it’s that he seems to also believe having Quebecers in charge of our nation is superior. His list of prime ministers suggests this. He includes both his own father and the man elected to undo his father’s legacy — Mulroney. It seems that Trudeau’s only criteria for prime ministerial greatness in the 20th century is to be a Quebecer who was re-elected (though his inclusion of the brief tenure of Paul Martin in the 21st century is very bizarre).

Trudeau seems to think prime ministers, both Liberal and Conservative, who don’t come from Quebec aren’t up to snuff. What about William Lyon Mackenzie King who guided Canada through the Second World War, and Diefenbaker who gave Canada the Bill of Rights, or Nobel Peace Prize-winning Lester Pearson? Do these prime ministers not make Trudeau’s list of great leaders because of their geographical origins?

It’s not just his belief that politicians from la belle province make better prime ministers that caught my attention. Trudeau has also said that, “I know that Quebec in Canada can put it back on the right path.” He seems to believe that when Quebec is not in control, Canada is steering dangerously off course.

You know what this attitude is called? Chauvinism.

For a man who wants to be prime minister, who grew up as the son of a prime minister, he has a very curious lack of understanding of Canada. If he believes that qualities of national leadership cannot be found west of the Ottawa River, or that Canada is headed for disaster without a Montrealer at the helm, he is not fit to govern our country.

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