Friday, November 23, 2012

I'm so sorry, Uncle Albert(a)

Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau apologizes for comments he made in 2010 that suggested Canada is suffering because Albertans control the government's social agenda.

We're so sorry, uncle Albert,
We're so sorry if we caused you any pain.
We're so sorry, uncle Albert,
But there's no one left at home
And i believe i'm gonna rain.

We're so sorry, uncle Albert,
But we haven't done a bloody thing all day.
We're so sorry, uncle Albert,
But the kettle's on the boil
And we're so eas'ly called away.

(Lyrics by Paul McCartney) 

Trudeau 'sorry' for Alberta comments he says were aimed at Harper

Posted: Nov 23, 2012 1:02 PM ET

Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau says he is sorry for comments he made in an interview two years ago that have Conservatives accusing him of an anti-Alberta bias.
Trudeau was forced to address the comments he made to the Tele-Quebec television program Les Francs-tireurs (The Straight Shooters) in 2010 after a Sun Media report republished them Thursday.
In the interview, Trudeau said Canada wasn't doing well because "it's Albertans who control our community and socio-democratic agenda."
The published comments have touched off a firestorm of reaction from Conservative MPs on Parliament Hill. Trudeau's leadership campaign issued a statement Thursday saying the Conservatives were taking the comments out of context.
On Friday, Trudeau offered an apology, but continued to argue his comments were being misinterpreted and that they were directed at the government of Stephen Harper and not Albertans in general.
"I'm sorry I said what I did. I was wrong to relate the area of the country that Mr. Harper is from with the people who live there and the policies that he has that don't represent the values of most Canadians," Trudeau told reporters in Vancouver.
"It was wrong to use a shorthand to say Alberta, when I was really talking about Mr. Harper's government, and I'm sorry I did that."
Liberal MP Justin Trudeau speaks to reporters outside a hotel in Vancouver Friday, where he offered an apology for comments he made about Alberta politicians in 2010. (Richard Lam/Canadian Press)Trudeau was also asked Friday whether he thought Canada was better off with a prime minister from Quebec, as he suggested in the 2010 interview.
"I think Canada is better off with a prime minister who chooses to bring people together and not play up insecurities and divisions and regional resentments any chance they can get, and unfortunately that's what we tend to be getting from both Mr. Harper and now Mr. Mulcair, who has now put a big X over Alberta with his 'disease' comments," Trudeau said, referring to NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair's controversial comments in the summer about Alberta's oilsands industry creating "Dutch disease" in the Canadian economy.
The federal Conservatives have seized on his comments to attack Trudeau, particularly in Calgary, where a byelection scheduled for next week has become more competitive than expected.
Trudeau said the Conservatives were "panicking" at the thought of losing the Calgary Centre byelection and are attacking him in response.
In the House of Commons Friday, Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose called on Trudeau to resign his role as critic for amateur sport.
Trudeau's fellow Liberal MP, David McGuinty, resigned his energy critic post Wednesday after his comments about Alberta Conservatives were published by Sun Media.


Dr Mike said...

Go Justin go , you still have my support

Dr Mike Popovich

PS---these Cons are good , they waited till they needed it to toss this out there---they must really be worried.

Bruce Benson said...

Can't agree with you Dr. Mike. Remember Trudeau's takes his marching orders from the CCCE and therefore his support for the CNOOK/Nexen deal. Where is his made in Canada solution? He is just a puppet for the One Percenters.

Dr Mike said...

Hey Bruce , good to hear from you.

People like us that want Harper gone need a candidate with the ability to win & win soon. We cannot afford a second majority term.

The candidate needs to have the ability to win , the looks , the personality & ideas.

I just don`t see a real alternative that can generate enough excitement to win other than Justin.

Stay well.


Joey Italo Cardamone said...

Only if he gets Elizabeth May on Board who knows how to listen and has the brains for a cash-flow economy !!