Not too long ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could rely on his star power to get him through tough political times.
No matter the controversy — when he violated ethics laws, when his budget deficits went billions over budget, when he gave Omar Khadr $10.5 million — Trudeau could trust his pals in the media to change the subject with a puff piece or a torqued article about how Trudeau was doing everything right.
Trudeau particularly used his celebrity to woo liberal journalists south of the border. It was an interview with the New York Times magazine that Trudeau revealed his vision for Canada — as a “post-national state” with “no core identity.” Funny how he’s never repeated that to the Canadian media. But the Times ate it up and spat out a glowing feature about Trudeau’s Canada.
Next, Trudeau headed over to The Rolling Stone for another love-in; this time, he was featured on the front cover. “Why can’t he be our President,” read the snarky headline.