Shortly after he was sworn in as prime minister, Justin Trudeau granted the New York Times Magazine an interview.
The result was the article ‘Trudeau’s Canada, Again’. Its subtitle reads, ‘With support from President Obama and the legacy of his father on his side, Justin Trudeau sets out to redefine what it means to be Canadian’.
In the piece, Trudeau makes this declaration: “There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada.”
According to the Liberal prime minister, Canada is the “first postnational state”.
The article caught the attention of Candice Malcolm, a columnist with the Toronto Sun and a former press secretary to then Conservative immigration minister Jason Kenney.