Aaron Wherry’s Jan. 12 profile of Justin Trudeau (“A Star Rookie’s shot”) sparked plenty of reader reaction—and not a lot of fan mail. Here’s a sampling from our inbox:
Oh come on you guys! I challenge you to publish four consecutive issues without a photograph of Justin Trudeau. He may one day be the leader of the Liberal Party and possibly follow in daddy’s footsteps but until then give us a break. Hopefully I will have dropped off the twig by then.
Michael J. Broderick
Enough of Justin Trudeau! Can we not have an issue without a picture of him engaged somewhere in some form of self-promotion. The guy is a lightweight and he has accomplished little so far in his life so why all the free publicity for him? Remember very many of us never did and never would vote for his father if that is the reason for his apparent entitlement to the ongoing attention.
E. M. Elstner
Haven’t we had enough of the Trudeaus to last a couple of generations? I must admit that I also got sucked into the Trudeaumania cyclone way back when. But now, when I realize the damages this arrogant man did to our country, I hang my head in shame. Not only was his overbearing and inflexible attitude towards Quebec cause for the rise of separatism and the formation of the Bloc Quebecois, but his handling of our money was shameful. And now we have Justin dancing around trying to imitate his father. Please, give us a break and do not continue to encourage this youngster.
Enough! Enough already!! Just as it was thought safe to read Capital Diary in the Jan 19th Maclean’s without a mention or picture of Justin Trudeau or his mother Margaret, we got side-swiped with a three-page spread about Justin a little further into the magazine.
What is this fascination you seem to have with Justin Trudeau? His face appears on pages 1, 26, 27 and 28 (the Prime Minister only gets three pages). He regularly appears in Maclean’s (almost every issue). Justin Trudeau is an arrogant and useless twit! He has made no meaningful contribution to society and would be totally unknown if his family name was other than Trudeau. Pierre Elliot Trudeau did more damage to this country than any previous Prime Minister. We are still living with the destructive results of the Trudeau regime and will be for many more years to come. I have never been able to understand the fascination some people seem to have with the Trudeau family, both past and present. I (and many other Canadians) am getting sick and tired of your efforts to foist Justin Trudeau on us! The very thought of Justin Trudeau ever becoming Prime Minister is absolutely terrifying! If and when he does something useful or noteworthy (and you require some inane filler), please feel free to let us know. Until then, I would ask you to cease and desist!!! We don’t need a Canadian version of Sarah Palin!!
One has to wonder why Maclean’s would devote three pages to Justin Trudeau? What does this trust fund child have to offer Canadians? Aside from three years teaching at a posh private school in British Columbia, Mr. Trudeau’s work and life experiences are somewhat thin. Politicians who have it handed to them at birth will never understand the problems average Canadians face. Nor will they ever be able to solve them.
It appears Maclean’s is banking too heavy on the Trudeau Rookie. For the last several months every issue I receive in my mail box has him in focus, somewhere. What is it with the young “pup”? Are there no other higher profile MP’s that can take centre stage? Enough is enough, leave him alone until he has proven himself a somebody!
Harry De Vries
I was fascinated to read that our young parliamentary star Justin Trudeau is so conversant on Syrian politics, the Druze, Christian, Shia, and Sunni minorities in Lebanon, and Iranian nuclear proliferation. I read Thomas Friedman’s From Beirut to Jerusalem as well. Does our star rookie have any new ideas on these issues, or has he simply completed a graduate course on the Middle East? I would hope that any politician representing Canada abroad would be able to have an intelligent conversation on topics of such region.
Give us a break! Justin Trudeau has done nothing to warrant the excessive coverage your magazine devotes to him. Other than being born the son of a former PM, thereby living a very privileged lifestyle, there is nothing to separate him from other elected members. It is foolish to think that he has any ability to be the leader of the Liberal party now or anytime in the near future. In truth, I would prefer to see articles on other MP’s who did not start their careers with the advantages Trudeau had—the Canadians from normal hard working families, who worked their way up the ladder of success. They have a much better sense of how to represent the voting public. Justin Trudeau is too far removed from most Canadians to understand what life is like in the real world. Finally, the last thing this country needs is another “Pierre Trudeau” running the country—we will never recover from the damage his father did.
I for one cannot get enough coverage about Justin Trudeau. I have fervent hope that he will be among the statesmanlike leaders of the future that this country so sorely needs. His pedigree suggests that he might be. Until then, I just like to look at him, and read about him. If you are, as accused, attempting to promote a Trudeau dynasty, please keep it up.