Canada’s Golden Boy Loses His Shine

December 4, 2019

It was Feb. 28, 1984, also Canada’s funding was being pummeled by a blizzard. Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau took a walk in the snow to contemplate his future and stepped out of his Ottawa residence. His government had survived the independence referendum but came out bloodier for it. His poll numbers were abysmal. After 15 years on top, it was time to go.
And so he announced he would be retiring from political life.
Decades later, almost to the day, Trudeau’s son faced the most tumultuous period of his career.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has had a relatively smooth four years in office. The majority of controversies and his own scandals were forgettable, or readily spun–like when he accepted a helicopter ride in the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims, which violated ethics rules. But this affair won’t be smoothed over.
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