Imagine if he was talking about our province: Quebec commentators chide Trudeau

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MONTREAL - Justin Trudeau is coming under criticism for his comments about Alberta in the place where he made them in an interview two years ago — Quebec.

The Liberal MP and leadership candidate blamed the country's problems on Albertans controlling the political agenda in a 2010 French-language television show that resurfaced this week.

Trudeau's comments didn't make any waves in Quebec when first aired but now some pundits say they show a lack of judgment.

A columnist in Montreal's La Presse newspaper says Quebecers would likely be outraged if a leadership candidate for a national party made similar generalizations about their own province.

Another writer for the magazine L'Actualite says the comments could hurt Trudeau for a long time to come as he tries to make inroads in Western Canada.

Trudeau apologized on Friday in Vancouver, saying he was trying to make a point about Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who rose to power as an MP from Calgary.

Organizations: La Presse

Geographic location: Quebec, MONTREAL, Alberta Western Canada Vancouver Calgary

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  • Concerned Grandmother
    November 24, 2012 - 19:49

    Some will blame it on his youth, but still, if even a few believe this, its a downer for the Liberal Party, particularly in Western Canada. For a long time many Easterners figured Canada was the East. Sorry, but much of the wealth of this country is out here, including a pile of natural resources. You are not the center of this country anymore. I am sure the Maritimers also feel the same way that they are treated as second class by Ontario and Quebec.

    • brad
      November 25, 2012 - 08:55

      @ Concerned,some of the best and very true comments I have seen or heard in my 45 years.Not so much about J.Trudeau,but about the country in general.