“Un-parliamentary Language”
Trudeau channelled his father during an outburst in the House of Commons in December 2011.

During question period, then-Environment Minister Peter Kent responded to NDP MP Megan Leslie’s questions about Canada’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol by saying she should have been at the UN climate change conference in Durban, South Africa. Kent sat down to roars from the opposition, who were outraged that Leslie couldn’t have known what went on in Durban because non-government MPs weren’t allowed to be part of the delegation.

Trudeau took it one step further, yelling out that Kent was a “piece of sh–.”

He apologized right away, calling his language “most decidedly un-parliamentary”.

Justin Trudeau apologizes for swearing at Kent
Justin Trudeau hurls obscenity at Peter Kent in Commons

Fuel For Conservative Albertans?
Trudeau apologized in 2012 for comments he made two years earlier to a Quebec television program in which he appeared to blame Albertans for Canada’s economic woes.

Canada wasn’t doing well because “it’s Albertans who control our community and socio-democratic agenda,” he told a Télé-Québec program in 2010.

Trudeau backtracked when Sun News republished his words, saying the comments were aimed at Prime Minister Stephen Harper and not all Alberta residents.

But the remark certainly didn’t help Liberals in a Calgary Centre byelection, which was won narrowly by the Tories.

“Root Causes” Of Boston Marathon Bombings
In what some consider a gaffe, Trudeau implored the public to look at the ‘root causes’ of terrorism after the Boston Marathon bombings in April 2013.

“Now, we don’t know now if it was terrorism or a single crazy or a domestic issue or a foreign issue.

“But there is no question that this happened because there is someone who feels completely excluded. Completely at war with innocents. At war with a society. And our approach has to be, where do those tensions come from?”

In response, Prime Minister Stephen Harper attacked Trudeau’s “rationalizing” of the violence and said the right course of action was to find the perpetrators as fast as possible.

Don’t ‘sit around trying to rationalize it’: Harper slams Trudeau for response to Boston bombing
Justin Trudeau has shifted the Canadian political landscape: Tim Harper
Justin Trudeau’s celebrity status harder to attack: Tim Harper

He Has A “Level of Admiration” For China
Trudeau again came under fire for a comment he made about China’s “dictatorship.”

At a widely-criticized Toronto fundraiser geared towards female voters, an audience member asked Trudeau which country’s administration he admired the most. He responded by saying that he had a “level of admiration” for China.

“Their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime and say we need to go green, we need to start, you know, investing in solar. There is a flexibility that I know Stephen Harper must dream about: having a dictatorship where you can do whatever you wanted, that I find quite interesting.”

He seemed to be aware of how opponents would spin his comments, saying he knows right-leaning Sun News would report that he “prefers China”.

Both the NDP and the Conservatives jumped on Trudeau’s comments, with the NDP even comparing him to U.S. Republican politician Sarah Palin.

At Toronto fundraiser, Justin Trudeau seemingly admires China’s ‘basic dictatorship’

Hockey Joke About Ukraine
During an interview in February on Radio-Canada program Tout le monde en parle that took place while thousands were protesting in Ukraine, the Liberal leader compared the situation in eastern Europe to Russia losing in Olympic hockey.

“Canada should do more,” Trudeau said in response to an interviewer’s question about our country’s role in Ukraine. “President Yanukovych has been made illegitimate. It’s very worrying, especially because Russia lost in hockey, they’ll be in a bad mood. We fear Russia’s involvement in Ukraine.”

He later apologized, but told reporters he thinks Canadians appreciate politicians who aren’t “tightly scripted”.

Will It, Justin? Will It?
Trudeau faced some criticism, while others agreed with him, for comments he made on CPAC in February about the 2014 federal budget, in which he claimed that “the budget will balance itself” if economic growth were greater.

The clip can be viewed at the 27:35 minute mark here. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, along with Sun News, mocked Trudeau’s comments, but writer Mike Moffatt pointed out in Maclean’s that both Flaherty and Harper have made essentially the same point in the past.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty talks budgets – and leprechauns

Justin Trudeau’s ‘ladies night’ furor just bluster by Conservatives, says Liberal leader
A Liberal party fundraiser with Justin Trudeau is being called disrespectful toward women.

Outrage over ‘patronizing’, ‘sexist’ Trudeau fundraising event

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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