Justin Trudeau’s sorry non-apology

When pressed to be personally accountable, the PM has a tendency to transform things into a ‘teaching’ moment. It did not work.

Justin Trudeau dropped by the National Press Gallery on Thursday morning to issue a non-apology apology before planning to fly to Iqaluit where he’d express regret for government mistreatment of Inuit during TB epidemics between the 1940s and ’60s. Canada’s prime minister is a champion of issuing fulsome apologies when they are formal and historical and don’t involve his own behaviour. He tearfully apologized to former students of Newfoundland and Labrador residential schools for the horrific treatment they experienced. He apologized for Canada not allowing entry to the MS St Louis in 1939. He apologized for the turning away of the Japanese vessel Komagata Maru in 1914.  Trudeau’s sweeping mea culpas became so ubiquitous the BBC asked:  “Does Justin Trudeau apologize too much?”

No one was asking that question Thursday.