My question of today is: When does using the f-bomb in public make you more human than shaking hands with your kids? The answer is, well, never. You’d never know this, though, if you’d heard Liberal MP Scott Andrews as he tried to defend his leader while on CTV’s Power Play yesterday afternoon.
As most of you know by now, on Saturday night, the federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau attended the annual Fight for the Cure boxing match—a charity event and the same one at which he taught (suspended) Senator Patrick Brazeau a lesson in pugilism two years ago. The ring announcer invited Trudeau into the ring and handed him the microphone to comment on his bout with Brazeau.
The prime minister wannabe then opined to the crowd:
I’m going tell you, there is no experience like stepping into this ring and measuring yourself. All the—your name, your fortune, your intelligence, your beauty—none of that fucking matters.” [emphasis mine]
Aside from the inanity—and sheer hubris—of his remarks, the use of the f-word seemed uncalled for. (As an aside, does the Liberal leader really see himself as a “beauty?”)
I’ve attended dozens of public and semi-private functions, including boxing matches and other sporting events, and I’ve never heard a public address announcer or guest use such language over the microphone. This was beyond the pale. Mind you, this is not a first for the Liberals’ self-described “beauty.” Trudeau once used this sort of language when referring to then-environment minister Peter Kent as “a piece of shit” during Question Period in the House of Commons.
Now, I know some of the downtown Montreal and Toronto sophisticates believe this is cool stuff. But it really isn’t considered acceptable behaviour by most of our society. Toronto Star, National Post, Globe and Mail and Toronto Sun all used a replacement for the offending word in their publications. This tells me that Canadian social norms are such that even repeating the word in a formal media report is itself considered offensive. Yet here’s Trudeau’s excuse, as reported by the Toronto Sun:
I found myself in the boxing ring again and I guess I let my emotions run a little hot but rest assured, I got an awful lot of talking to at home from Sophie.”
Apparently, wife Sophie has higher standards of behaviour than does the entitled one. Has this fellow no mental discipline at all? Are his emotions so loosely bound that such language so easily slips from his lips? What sort of pubic speeches might we expect from him should he ever become the prime minister—at a G-7 meeting, for example?
But I digress. Back to Trudeau’s minion, Scott Andrews and his cheap smear while on CTV’s Power Play.
The Liberal MP from Newfoundland and Labrador electoral district of Avalon made an imbecilic comparison between Trudeau’s inappropriate behaviour and PM Stephen Harper taking his kids to school and shaking their hands. Andrews reasoned the episode in the boxing ring made Trudeau somehow more “human” than PM Stephen Harper.
What an odious comparison to attempt. “Absolutely asinine,” Paul Calandra, Conservative MP (Oak Ridges–Markham), called it in a much restrained reaction—a characterization with which I wholeheartedly concur.
Justin Trudeau: will this fellow ever be ready for prime time?