For Canadian politicians no profiles in courage are involved in slamming the departing bully Trump. What’s in play instead are easy political points, writes William Watson in the Financial Post. Below is an excerpt from the article, which can be read in full here.
By William Watson, January 20, 2021
We now know how Justin Trudeau would vote on the second impeachment of Donald Trump — his “repeachment,” as the Post headline put it last week. Like a cable news commentator, the prime minister told us flat-out: “What we witnessed was an assault on democracy by violent rioters incited by the current president and other politicians.” Guilty as charged, Madame Speaker.
Compare that with his artful 21-second silence last June when asked about Trump’s call for the use of military force against Black Lives Matter protesters across the United States. After the first few of these 21 seconds, as news reports put it, “Trudeau opened his mouth slightly, but did not speak.” Sound did eventually issue forth, not to answer the question directly (“It is a time to pull people together…”), but to argue that this country is not immune to racism — which is certainly true but was not the question asked.