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Tease the day: When a horse saved Justin Trudeau

Did Marty’s romp through Toronto take some of the heat off Trudeau’s controversial remarks of the past?


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Justin Trudeau must be thanking a stallion named Marty for making such a fuss on the streets of Toronto. Yesterday, Marty and his friends from Calgary trotted through the city’s downtown core as part of this week’s Grey Cup festivities. Marty made national headlines when the Royal York Hotel initially refused him entry into the building, citing health and security concerns (read: lame rules). Marty’s Albertan keepers didn’t relent and, eventually, the horse stomped into the hotel’s lobby. At the end of the day, everyone in the country—even the proudest of Torontonians—had a reason to poke fun at Toronto.

Meanwhile, Trudeau had a bad afternoon. The Sun News Network aired a two-year-old video clip of the leadership candidate talking about how much Albertans are driving Canada into the ground, and how much Quebecers need to be in charge once again. This rehash came just a day after another Liberal MP, David McGuinty, apologized for making similar remarks. As usual, Conservative spin doctors pounced, and it was a story tailor-made for a newspaper’s front page. In the end, only the National Post featured Trudeau’s remarks (alongside the story about our famous horse, no less). We’ll never know how newsrooms would have treated a world without Marty, but the good horse might have spared Trudeau some grief—and he has only Albertan football fans to thank for that.

What’s above the fold this morning?

The Globe and Mail leads with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s sweeping new powers. The National Post fronts the “new” east versus west battles: the Stampeders/Argonauts Grey Cup battle; and, more controversially, Justin Trudeau’s comments from 2010 suggesting Albertans are leading Canada astray. The Toronto Star goes above the fold with Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ orders to the RCMP to address gender bias within the force. The Ottawa Citizen leads with several Montreal residents denying they donated to the federal Conservative Party. iPolitics fronts a federal move to study oil and gas production on aboriginal lands. National Newswatch showcases Postmedia‘s story about those donors who denied giving money to the Conservatives.

Stories that will be (mostly) missed

1. MS treatment. Conservative Senators shut down debate on a bill that would have forced the feds to study a controversial treatment for Multiple Sclerosis—known as CCSVI. 2. Mentally ill inmates. The Conservative government will move to make it more difficult for mentally ill prisoners to leave custody. It’s meant to address victims’ rights and public safety.
3. DND cuts. Over 500 civilian employees of the Department of National Defence were issued notices yesterday that they could lose their jobs. Those affected span two unions. 4. Refugee chemo. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall couldn’t believe the feds’ denial of chemotherapy to a refugee stricken with cancer. The province will pay for the treatment.


Tease the day: When a horse saved Justin Trudeau

  1. And herein lies the cultural difference…

    • Ah yes, you and your ilk are so euro cool.

      • It’s a time difference David….It’s why Ontarians and Quebecois get along better than either of us do with Albertans. We don’t have the 1800’s saloon look….and our economies are similar….biotech, aerospace, communications, universities, pharmaceuticals. Not cows and oil and wheat.

        Different language to be sure….but then that’s the same as dealing with Belgium or Germany or China….part of globalization.

        • You mean the same pharmaceutical companies that refuse to invest a dime into a recent U of A possible cancer cure because there’s no money to be made. EmilyOne, you are a cancer of humanity and a narrow minded bigot.

          • Now you’re just being silly.

          • I have been hanging around these comment boards for years now, and I have never EVER seen someone call another commenter something as vile as you have written.

        • “We don’t have the 1800’s saloon look”

          Lol, you’re absolutely right Emily; and Japanese Canadians are myopic bucktoothed lispers, African Canadians love fried chicken and watermelon, and Scottish Canadians will pinch a penny till it bleeds.

          It may not have occurred to you, but the cowboy bit is actually a cultural schtick like a kimono or a kilt, or screech and a jigs dinner. People in Alberta and Saskatchewan don’t actually ride horses everywhere and drink snakebite in saloons, and seeing as the vast majority of the Western settlers were Eastern European farmers and serfs, they never did.

          I’d like to tell you to take a trip out west and see if those oil-pumping devils really have horns and tails like you imagine, but I know you wouldn’t. You love your hatred far to much, and putting a human face on your adversaries might blunt your beloved rage.

          • The reality is right in front of you in that photo.

            The ‘cowboy bit’ is Alberta mythology.

            Lived in Alberta for some years guy….I know how they dress.

        • Your statement is odd, you talk as if the oil industry is staffed exclusively by yokels, you forget the lawyers and engineers amongst others. I would agree with you if you criticized the detrimental results the O&G industry is having on our environment, but arguing that oil companies are staffed by half-wits betrays your ignorance. Anyway as someone who has been lucky enough to live in Halifax, Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver (also Arras, France but that weighs little on my point) I don’t get this pitting one region against another. Last time I checked people from Toronto ate bread and filled their cars with gas, and people from Calgary used cell phones and painkillers.

          • Alberta is a primary resouces economy….oil, cattle, wheat. All else….businesses,education, even festivals….rests on that basis.

            If oil suddenly died tomorrow….where would Alberta be? There is no diversity in the economy….and that affects your worldview.

            A PhD at the UofA depends on oil money…the only difference is that if oil crashed, he could go PhD elsewhere.

          • Wow you are ignorant. For starters the horse is from Stouffville, Ontario!!! Saskatchewan is the wheat province. U of A is a world class med school. It really bothers me most that you are judging people based on what they are wearing so you are nothing more than a schoolgirl bully.

          • Anyone who thinks the horse’s home address is relevant is too stupid to bother with. But Alberta also has wheat, and the U of A isn’t in the top 20 world universities as anything, much less a med school.

            Hey, you’re wearing the cowboy duds, not me. I’m 66.

  2. Albertans are an embarrassment. I wish they’d leave Toronto.

    • Now, now.

    • Attitudes like yours are the real embarrassment!

  3. I saw Marty at a bar yesterday!!!! Drinking Guinness!!!!!! MOST AWESOME THING TO COME OUT OF ALBERTA EVER!!!

  4. Keep on talking Trudeau, your true colours are starting to show clearly.

  5. “The Sun News Network aired a two-year-old video clip………” So who exactly saw that? Anyone around here watching that garbage network?

  6. Justin’s apology did not sound like an apology to me, just reiterating what he had said but in a different way. Do we really need all that negativity between the east & west? The liberal party needs to get their head out of the sand and start accepting that there is potential in the west. The easterners that live here get it, we see more of them every day moving here and actually liking it. Oh, and we welcome them to.