2021 federal election: bouncing back must have felt good, but Trudeau shouldn’t feed the trolls – Macleans.ca

Image of the day’s election: inviting those who interrupt access to hospitals, sarcasm or not, is a bad image for the liberal leader

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems like a very different man than he was at the beginning of this election campaign. On those sunny days in mid-August, with a high number of approvals, he quickly passed the protesters, shouting from time to time “please get vaccinated,” but otherwise remained positive and aloof. Over time, as the poll numbers deflated and his campaign continued to be disrupted, his composure has visibly deteriorated. Protesters have hounded him on virtually every stage of his national tour. Gravel has been thrown at it. You have canceled events for them. Yesterday as he prepared to sit interview with Global News In Burnaby, BC, an angry man was standing on the sidewalk, yelling obsessions about Trudeau and his wife as he yelled “We’re not going to take it” from Twisted Sister. In fact, it was Trudeau who couldn’t take it anymore: after a long unblinking look, the liberal leader lowered his mask and yelled, “Isn’t there a hospital you should bother right now?” Perhaps realizing that he had just plunged into a shouting match with a street lout, Trudeau lifted his mask and remained silent for a long time, trying to appear calm to everyone around him. Liberal supporters can applaud their leader’s spine; critics point out that any level of irony is too high for such protesters. In fact, it feels bad to hear the country’s leader suggest that an aggressive stranger is actually going to protest in front of a hospital. But a man can only stay in the message for so long. As Trudeau himself said after finally sitting down for his interview with Global, “it is what it is.”


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