Trudeau in his own words. Liberal leadership contender slammed Alberta.

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Ouch. It could not have come at a worse time for the Liberal Party of Canada, which polls say are running a close second in a by-election in Calgary Centre.

Sun News has uncovered a two year old clip of Justin Trudeau, son of the former PM and now running for leadership of the Libearal Party, saying some unfortunate and shameful things about Alberta.

This comes on the heels of comments by National Resources critic David McGuinty’s comments yesterday that the Harper government was shilling for Big Oil and that Albertan MPs have a provincial focus and should “go back to Alberta”.

Trudeau remarked that he is running a campaign to unite all Canadians but he will found that this hopeful narrative has hit a brick wall when Canadians learn about his comments.

In an interview on the Tele-Quebec program Les francs-tireurs, he remarked,

Trudeau: “Canada isn’t doing well right now because it’s Albertans who control our community and socio-democratic agenda. It doesn’t work”

Reporter: “[we] better served when there are more Quebecers in charge than Albertans?”

Trudeau: “I’m a Liberal, so of course I think so, yes. Certainly when we look at the great prime ministers of the 20th century, those that really stood the test of time, they were MPs from Quebec… This country – Canada – it belongs to us.”

The Calgary Centre by-election is in 4 days.

UPDATE: Justin Trudeau’s campaign has reacted to the story in an emailed response to reporters,

“The Conservatives are using out of context statements made years ago in a long interview. They are clearly concerned that they are losing the by-election in Calgary Centre and are resorting to smear campaigns to stop their slide.”
 
“Justin knows that Calgary, Alberta and all of western Canada are at the very heart of Canada’s future. That’s a message he has taken to every part of the country, from the beginning of the campaign. We need to get beyond the divisive politics of the Conservatives and include all Canadians.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Harold-Stothart/528963923 Harold Stothart

    Anyone who believes Trudeau is all for the rest of Canada is delusional. It is all about Quebec with him. Take your phony propaganda and go home to Quebec.

  • RJ65

    I notice that CTV leaves out the most important part of the interview, the statement that implies Quebec owns Canada. CBC does not even have the story on its site. I guess this is not really surprising.

    We likely would not know about this if not for the Sun Chain actually doing its job.

  • GabbyInQC

    For anyone wanting to see the entire interview … here it is:
    http://lesfrancstireurs.telequebec.tv/episode.aspx?id=43

    Trudeau’s comments about Alberta are not evoked by Lagacé, the interviewer, but are brought up by Trudeau himself in arguing that the survival of the French language will be ensured by Quebecers, not by closing in on themselves, by building walls, by protecting themselves but by conquering the RoC. (at about the 12:00 mark)
    “… Moi, je dis, la meilleure façon de protéger ce français et ce fait français en Amérique du nord c’est de s’épanouir et de conquérir le Canada. Garde, le Canada fait dur maintenant parce que c’est des albertains qui contrôlent notre agenda communautaire et socio-démocratique … et ça marche pas!”

    The interviewer then follows up, asking whether Quebec is better served when there are more Quebecers in power rather than Albertans (see above transcript in Stephen Taylor’s post). So, contrary to Trudeau strategist Gerry Butts saying that Trudeau’s comments have been taken out of context by those evil Conservatives (like David Akin!?!, who wrote a story about the interview? … well, judge for yourself. Watch the entire interview.

  • liz J

    Whether the Liberals are silly enough to choose him as leader, this interview could and should end Trudeau’s chances of ever becoming prime minister. Did he not also say in another of his offerings if Quebec voted to separate he would be supportive?
    IMO he’s a phony on an ego trip with nothing of substance to offer the country as a whole. Quebec is in dire need of some help, they can have the dauphin.

  • oldwhiteguy

    living proof that being a liberal is a mental disorder.

  • GabbyInQC

    From a Feb. 2012 Andrew Coyne column:
    “… The Liberal dauphin caused an enormous stir with his remarks earlier this week to the effect that the Conservative government’s values were so contrary to those of the Canada he loved that, were it to go much further, he would himself take up the cause of Quebec independence. If Canada were really “the Canada of Stephen Harper,” if he “no longer recognized Canada,” well, that was a Canada he could not love. …

    If he were only insulting the Harper government, that would be one thing. But it’s clear he holds the same views of Harper’s supporters, and of the parts of the country that elected him. Hence the need for Quebec as a counterbalance: as if the values of Canadians outside the province were entirely alien to Quebec’s; as if, indeed, they were barbarians, in need of Quebec’s civilizing influence. …”

  • GabbyInQC
  • kenn2

    In other news, western Conservatives don’t much like Québec and bilingualism, either.

  • kenn2

    And this is why SUN waited til a byelection. Yes, the Sun Chain is certainly doing its job as the prime-time rabble-rouser for the CPC.

    BTW, Trudeau and Quebec aren’t the only ones who think that Harper’s direction does not reflect some of our core Canadian values.

  • fhl

    David Akin at Sun is a very balanced reporter and non partisan.

  • liz J

    The Dauphin has apologized which is admission of guilt.
    Another day, another Liberal apology……

  • kenn2

    Then what’s he doing at Sun? :^P

  • RJ65

    There is no evidence so far to show that SUN sat on the story. We will have to wait and see on that one. You are thinking that SUN did what CBC did with that Bin Laden spoof video that it released on Remembrance Day week?

  • kenn2

    There is no evidence so far to show that SUN sat on the story

    … none whatsoever, except that the Télé-Québec interview happened TWO YEARS AGO. Other than that, no.

  • RJ65

    The same thought applies to all other news outlets. Don’t get me wrong, I feel quite strongly that the media across the board generally lets us down by not covering certain stories or burying stories for the benefit of certain parties.

    In my reference to the spoof video, I believe that was from 2010 – again two years ago.

    In the end, we have to vet our candidates better and look to a variety of sources for our news and information. We might agree on that point.

  • RJ65

    Remember that the Sun Chain overall is the largest media organization in Canada.

  • RJ65

    He apologized for remarks about Alberta which people can take at face value, or not. He did not apologize for the implication that Quebec owns Canada and that only Quebeckers can properly run this Country. That is not a slap against Alberta, it is a slap at the entire nation other than Quebec.

  • RJ65

    Yes, but the Liberal Party is the only alternative once the Conservatives wear out their welcome, which will happen sooner or later – it always does (except in Alberta I guess). I do hope that the Liberal party will be a viable alternative when that time comes.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca/ Stephen Taylor

    I know that this arrived at SNN this week. You are purely speculating and spouting off as if you know the facts.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca/ Stephen Taylor

    please sign up for DISQUS so that you can edit your comments.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca/ Stephen Taylor

    have you done a scientific poll? Or is this merely your conjecture?

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca/ Stephen Taylor

    more to come!

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca/ Stephen Taylor

    I wouldn’t be so sure. People are willing to see what they want to see. Hardcore partisans, that is. This will surely stem the media narrative in Calgary Centre that the Liberals have a shot.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca/ Stephen Taylor

    Right now, Trudeau is for his own glory. He’s running so that he can show people that he’s not living in his father’s shadow.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca/ Stephen Taylor

    Today, reality has a conservative bias?

  • kenn2

    TWO years ago. Comes out NOW. Right.

  • kenn2

    Part poll, based on western election results; part opinion, based on the tenor of Conservative campaigning in the west, and comments made in the press and conservative blogosphere.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca/ Stephen Taylor

    No doubt someone sat on it for two years and then sent it to SNN. But why are you accusing SNN of holding it. You don’t know the facts.

  • kenn2

    I expect you actually do know the facts. Who sent it to Sun this week?

  • liz J

    And Quebec likes Western Conservatives and practice bilingualism in their province?

  • liz J

    What “core Canadian values” are you speaking of Kenny? Would these be some of the unspecified values P Martin spoke of in his last frenetic flip across the country in his desperate attempt to retain the power? That would be the power he elbowed Chretien out to attain, between the two of them they destroyed the LPC for the long term. Justin Trudeau hasn’t got what’s required to get them back in the saddle IMHO.

  • kenn2

    Well, that was my point – Quebec liberal disses West. News?

    …and practice bilingualism in their province?

    If westerners spoke French as often as Quebecers speak English… [finish this sentence].

  • GabbyInQC

    I am signed up, and I’ve used the edit function quite often because the text often skips lines without reason. But it didn’t occur to me to add the link to my previous post. I’ll try to do better next time, OK? ;-)

  • liz J

    If Quebecers are foolish enough to isolate themselves linguistically surrounded by a mainly English speaking country and our Neighbours to the South, they are the losers.
    It’s necessary for Quebecers to speak English more than it is for the ROC to speak French which makes it difficult to become or stay fluent in French as the second language.

  • disqus_GMYy9ERcrt

    It was an ingenuous apology, as we were all able to listen to the context. Trudeau Jr. clearly believed in 2010 that Albertans are unfit to run the country, Quebec owns Canada and only leaders from Quebec have been successful Prime Ministers. Hello, we get it … I also got it when I saw the coalition of 3 Montreal-born usurpers in 2008 (Dion, Layton, Duceppe). Nothing has changed.