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Reaction to Trudeau's Alberta comments and apology

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Justin Trudeau's comments on Alberta in a 2010 interview with the Télé-Québec program Les Francs-tireurs brought out nearly 2,000 comments from the CBC Community.  

"Canada isn't doing well right now because it's Albertans who control our community and socio-democratic agenda. It doesn't work," Trudeau told interviewer Patrick Lagacé.


  • "Yikes. Even as a Quebecker myself, I must admit I find the above remarks pretty outrageous," said undermedia. 

  • "I can't believe you get the most votes for finding J Trudeau"s remarks "outrageous." He spoke his truth. French-Canadians are still pretty important to this country. Alberta is a major, major issue right now. Mr. Harper is undying in supporting its every business initiative. Well, what about getting a fair share for Canadians, present and future? What about the clean water and the rest of the environmental concerns in which future generations will live? Why should we give away the store to corporate profits when it's killing us in the long run?" replied Richard Sharp. 

  • "Yesterday, Trudeau's response to David McGuinty actually made Justin look surprisingly favourable to me. How quickly that changed. Normally I would feel angry, like I did at David McGuinty yesterday. But now, I just feel disappointed to realize that so many people don't want to treat Alberta as an equal partner in our sacred Confederation," said TonoFonseca. 

  • "This is the greatest thing to happen to Tory attack ads since Ignatieff decided he would return to Canada to run for the Liberal leadership," said Vote Majority. 

Today, Trudeau apologized for the remarks outside a hotel 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," he said. 

  • "Too little too late. He's just trying to save his ass. He's sorry because someone dug up the interview. A sign of things to come for Trudeau #2. God help us all," said bmiller. 

  • "Unlike a few Conservative government Ministers, when the heat is on Justin Trudeau didn't go into hiding, he choose to face the fire. That's called integrity, courage, and that, is what leaders are made of," said Mark 138. 

  • "Apologizing is the right thing to do, and I commend him for doing it. However, he stopped short of fully admitting his mistake. He cannot take back what the words were. They were very clear, and I don't believe for a second that he did not mean them. He should have said he lacked maturity at that point in time and was simply wrong. His chances to be PM are now toast," said Ron Alberta. 

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