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Slow clap for the Justin Trudeau Hug-O-Meter?

A collection of fun and odd numbers from the hugging-in of the Trudeau cabinet


 
Minister of International Trade Chrstia Freehand gives Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a hug after being sworn in during ceremonies at Rideau Hall, Wednesday Nov.4, 2015 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/CP)

Minister of International Trade Chrstia Freehand gives Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a hug after being sworn in during ceremonies at Rideau Hall, Wednesday Nov.4, 2015 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/CP)

The tally is in. As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed aboard each new minister of his cabinet, he shared 22 hugs and 32 kisses. The longest hug—clocking in at nine seconds—was with Kirsty Duncan, minister of science, while the runner-ups were seven seconds long with Bill Morneau, the new minister of finance, and Maryam Monsef, the minister of democratic institutions.

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The tightest squeeze went to Chrystia Freeland, the minister of international trade, while the quickest canoodles—lasting just two or three seconds—were with Scott Brison, president of the Treasury Board, and Mélanie Joly, the minister of Canadian heritage. The nine ministers who didn’t hug the new Prime Minister got back pats, cheek kisses or shoulder holds, but they still missed out. As Trudeau said to Freeland during the ceremony, “I’m a good hugger.”

Hugs with Trudeau, from longest to shortest


Minister Length of total embrace including hug (seconds)
Kirsty Duncan 12
Amarjeet Sohi 8
Chrystia Freeland 8
John McCallum 7
Bill Morneau 7
Maryam Monsef 7
Patty Hajdu 7
Bardish Chagger 7
Navdeep Singh Bains 6
Judy Foote 6
Kent Hehr 6
Jean-Yves Duclos 5
Dominic LeBlanc 5
Carolyn Bennett 4
Gordon Carr 4
Carla Qualtrough 4
Harjit Singh Sajjan 4
Jody Wilson-Raybould 3
Scott Brison 3
Marc Garneau 3
Hunter Tootoo 3
Melanie Joly 2

Here are more odd numbers from Trudeau’s swearing-in:

Left-handed signatures

Six

Cries from a baby

One

Giggles from a young girl

Two

Applause for Justin Trudeau’s swearing

52 seconds

Number of members of youth choir singing O Canada at the end of the ceremony

34

 


 

Slow clap for the Justin Trudeau Hug-O-Meter?

  1. A nice change from those “socially retarted farm people” of the last ten years!

  2. A nice change from those “socially retarded farm people” of the last ten years!

  3. look as i just told the retard at the post…get a snickers and a lay leave the man alone …no wonder boys turn into unaffectionate assholes…if they show affection they get called out for it

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