Trudeau would be out of place on world stage #elxn42

It was a masterful little moment in Tuesday’s Munk Debate.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau was grandstanding about and, amidst his complaints, mentioned pomp. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, without even looking at Trudeau, seamlessly stated: “I’ll leave the pomp to you, Justin.”

Then the camera caught a reaction shot of Mulcair from over Trudeau’s shoulder. He wasn’t relishing at getting in a great zinger. He wasn’t smiling at the audience’s laughter.

  • k1962

    Trudeau does seem very young and inexperienced. I don’t blame Harper and Mulcair for smirking when he talks. He’s young and naive (or just plain stupid). And he reminds my of a typical Liberal leader (Chretien, Martin). They do like to shout and interrupt.

    What I will give him though is the best dressed award. In both debates I watched he definitely looked fantastic. I don’t know how expensive his suites, shirts and ties are, but they look like they cost a fortune. My husband says it’s not the clothes, it’s just that he’s fit, but I’m not so sure. Fluff stuff I know…

    • It’s always better to look good than to feel good!

      • Waffle

        Hey! That’s my line!;)

      • k1962

        Was it Martin Short in one of his characters on Saturday Night Live who said it’s not how good you feel darling, but how good you look?

        • kkruger71

          Billy Crystal, Fernando’s Hideaway. The “You look marvelous” guy.

    • Waffle

      There’s an old saying: Clothes make the man (or woman). People pretend they don’t notice this stuff, but they do. Perhaps at times, I seem unduly aware of what our public figures wear and how they dress, but I grew up poor and was heartbreakingly aware of what “the rich girls” were wearing. I quickly learned to tell if a blouse (e.g.) was cotton or poly — the cut was different and it sat on the body differently. Later on, I would buy good cotton shirts for my b.f.s. I would never let them wear poly.

      Harper’s wardrobe has improved immensely over the past 9 years — thank goodness for the good taste of his image consultants. He definitely looks prime ministerial. But Justin, despite his wealth and incredible hair, will always look like a cheap suit. And Tommy is forever doomed to look like a union hack. Must be the company he keeps.

      • k1962

        I agree with you about Tommy, but not Justin. He may have not too much between the ears, but “he looks marvellous” 😉 Being tall and thin might have something to do with it too. No middle aged spread yet that pulls the jacket in all different directions. If looks were all that mattered, he would have my vote. Fortunately for me, they don’t actually matter at all in this situation.

        • Waffle

          I feel differently perhaps because I detested his father and I simply cannot stand his smug little smile. Also, the voice really irks me — the little boy/girl breathiness for which he seems to have been taking lessons, but his French is what really makes me cringe. I keep wondering why he insists on speaking “street” French. Perhaps to sound like a ‘man of the people’?

          But I don’t think his slim, trim bod will last too long if he keeps up the banquet circuit — notice how chubby his face is getting?

          • pike bishop

            He’s not in the Jason Kenny weight class yet. OK he looks all right in nice clothes. Perhaps it’s just me but I think the long campaign is working in his favor.

          • Waffle

            Really? I think it only reinforces the “not ready” theme. My impression is that the cheerleaders in the MSM award him a participation medal every time they open their mouths or write their stories (just thinking of the weird headline on the NP piece). The MSM is so totally committed to getting rid of Harper they don’t dare change the narrative now, even though the ordinary guy/gal in the street can see full well the emperor has no clothes. The only thing that Justin is improving at is delivering the lines his handlers feed him — you know, practice makes perfect?

          • pike bishop

            That could be it. I know that the media is all in for him and will never put him in a bad light. Maybe I’m losing a step in my dotage.

          • Clausewitz

            All the long campaign shows us is that he believes what daddy taught him around the campfire while canoeing, “Son you can never go wrong if you project style over substance”.

          • pike bishop

            When he was trying to define the middle class I commented that
            PET read Das Kapital to his children as a bedtime story.
            The quote I believe is
            “We will crush the middle class between the hammer of taxation and the anvil of inflation”.
            The comment was removed for some reason.

          • Alain

            You are right about the French. As much as I detested his father, he at least spoke fluent and perfect international French. Justin cannot get beyond joual. As for his looks, I differ from a lot I guess, since I find his looks more childish or even babyist, anything but manly especially for someone his age.

          • k1962

            I agree with your description of how he looks and talks. I didn’t notice that his face was getting chubby, but will look for it now. He’s not my type at all. In fact, I’m not too sure he is straight :-0 I just like how he dresses up. It’s quite Conservative actually 🙂

      • k1962

        Do you mean an empty suit instead of cheap?

        • Waffle

          Well that too (empty) — but I did mean cheap — he kind of looks like a Gino-boy to me, even more so when he had the mustache,

          • k1962

            Yeah, the moustache was lame.

    • Clausewitz

      Dudes in his forties, it’s just that he never had to grow up what with him having everything handed to him.

    • Canadian

      Daddy was a millionaire…

  • kkruger71

    Didn’t catch the entire debate last night, probably about half, but you really could feel the frustration coming from Mulcair whenever dealing with Trudeau. Can’t even blame him for letting a bit of ‘Angry’ Tom pop through. Despite disagreeing with everything he stands for, Mulcair is a serious politician who has some real convictions and thought put into his policies. Losing ground to the empty platitudes Justin presents as policy has to be frustrating.
    By the way, anyone watch the after-debate panel from the G&M last night? Truly awful “insight” from Ibbitson (and the rest). As I wrote last night on the Rebel site “Wow, Trudeau’s wife better be wary whenever Ibbitson gets near Justin.
    The guy is giving him a blowjob on the panel and Justin’s not even
    there.