Sun News has decided it needs to help Joan Crockett, the CPC candidate in Calgary Centre’s by-election, from suffering an embarrassing loss for the Conservatives, so it dredged up a 2 year old Justin Trudeau quote about him not liking Albertans running the country, and succeeded in getting some of the rest of the Canadian media to go along with the howling about whether Trudeau should be apologizing for this or not.
Personally, I feel there are several Albertan conservative political types who would be fine running the country- Joe Clark for example, or Alison Redford. I’d disagree with a lot of what they’d do, but they are far more moderate or far more pragmatic then this current bunch (Heck, Warren Kinsella is originally from Alberta.. I’d have no issue with him running the country either!)
So, Justin Trudeau’s only mistake he made in saying that quote (and the only omission or clarification I would make if I were him) is that he didn’t say “these particular Albertans” (+ 1 Alberta transplanted PM) with their right-wing ideology are the ones he dislikes running the country.
Otherwise, in my view he shouldn’t be apologizing for what he said, as Sun News, Conservatives and Conservative-friendly media pundits are demanding he do (with what I call manufactured outrage). There are a whole litany of quotes one can dredge up from Harper and other Harper cabinet Ministers that have belittled specific regions of Canada far worse.. yet I don’t quite remember folks in the media getting all in a lather over those as much as this. Harper still hasn’t apologized for saying Atlantic Canadians had a culture of dependency – that was from 2002, and I’m sure you can look up what John Baird said about Toronto a couple of years ago and see if he’s apologized or not.
(If this “outrage” helps anyone, I’ll predict it would probably be the Green Party candidate there, Chris Turner).