Justin Trudeau Open to Quebec Independence
Justin Trudeau says he was caught off guard and lost his cool when he was asked in a radio interview on Sunday if he recognizes Stephen Harper’s Canada.
His answer surprised many when Trudeau answered the question by saying that if Canada is not going to stand by abortion and gay marriage then he would like Quebec to be a country.
On Sunday, Trudeau, a Montreal MP, told his Radio-Canada host: “I always say, if at a certain point, I believe that Canada was really the Canada of Stephen Harper — that we were going against abortion, and we were going against gay marriage, and we were going backwards in 10,000 different ways — maybe I would think about making Quebec a country.”
Twitter and other social networking sites were ablaze across the country with comments by shocked citizens who wanted to know how liberal Trudeau could make such statements being that his father Pierre Trudeau was a federalist.
“This guy is clearly self-indulgent; he really does think everything is about him and his feelings,” Barry Cooper, a political theorist at the University of Calgary, said Tuesday in commenting on statements Trudeau made in a recent French-language interview. “That’s a measure of his lightweight status in the firmament of deep-thinking Liberals.”
Reportedly, Trudeau refused to do any further interviews but did tweet on Tuesday that Quebec is needed to bring balance between his vision for Canada and Harper’s vision for the country.
Justin Trudeau also spoke to pool reporters to try to explain that he loves his country and that his comments were misunderstood.