Justin Trudeau made a tasteless attempt at a joke in an interview reportedly taped last Thursday and aired Sunday night on Radio-Canada's Tout le monde en parle, a hugely influential French-language interview show in his home province of Quebec. Mr Trudeau’s attempt failed miserable and he’s been busy wiping egg off his face ever since.
Now one might think that would be good enough for his Ottawa opponents. But, no, our Conservative party had to launch a ham-handed ad hominem political attack on the popular Grit pointing out his gaffe. And in the process, they have managed to open themselves to accusations of politicizing the tragedy of the recent uprising in the Ukraine.
Lesson one: don’t make light of a tragic event that resulted in dozens of deaths. Lesson two: let the gaffe speak for itself, and don’t “spoil” it by chiming in with adolescent attempts to pile on.
In other words, let the media at large do the heavy lifting on this one. This, though, does not mean Mr. Trudeau’s ill-chosen words would not be fair game at a later time to show his apparent lack of judgement. It could perhaps be grouped with his statements uttered after the Boston Marathon bombing and his praise for Communist governments in an ad campaign questioning his skills needed for the office of prime minister.
As I see it, put some time between the Ukraine events and one’s criticism so one will not be considered gauche for politicizing a tragedy.
Oh well, another opportunity squandered.