Opinion: Kinda sort of defending Justin Trudeau
We come not to bury Justin Trudeau, nor to praise him.
But we do wish to defend him. Sort of.
Okay, okay, put down your torches and pitchforks. There’s no need to chase me out of the Sun’s newsroom (yet). But hear me out.
As every reader of this newspaper knows, Remembrance Day is a very important day. It is the day we pay tribute to the sacrifice of men and women who went to war when Canada called.
Partisans on social media — Twitter and Facebook, mostly — were going wild. They were in a spit-flecked fury about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Governor-General Mary Simon.
Here’s what had them upset: Trudeau and Simon arrived late. Trudeau got to Ottawa’s National War memorial just before 11 a.m. And Simon actually arrived — and was therefore announced — during the period when there was supposed to be silence.
Given that both live just a few minutes up Sussex Dr. — and given that both have armed motorcades to ferry them around — it was easy to understand why people were upset.
The mainstream media noticed, too. The stately Globe and Mail reported that the Prime Minister, the Governor General and the Silver Cross Mother “arrived behind schedule” — if that isn’t a Globe-y way to say “late,” I don’t know what is — and others noticed, too.