Justin Trudeau on 60 Minutes: Twitter pulls no punches for new PM
Interview is an easy-to-digest Coles Notes for Americans about Canada’s new young leader
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat down with 60 Minutes's Lara Logan, in a feature interview that can be seen as an easy-to-digest Coles Notes for Americans about Canada's new young leader.
The American reaction to the interview, which aired Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, was overwhelmingly positive, with many tweeting their desire to move to Canada (again).
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Thank goodness <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/60Minutes?src=hash">#60Minutes</a> is running a <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Trudeau?src=hash">#Trudeau</a> profile in time for us all to brush up before we move to Canada.—@Gothama1
Watching the <a href="https://twitter.com/60Minutes">@60Minutes</a> segment on Justin Trudeau has pretty much sewn it up for me: I'm moving to Canada.—@maustermuhle
This story is not for Canadians. Rather, it's a brochure for "what to expect when running away to Canada if Trump gets elected". <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/60minutes?src=hash">#60minutes</a>—@missladyniobe
Can we just have Justin Trudeau as our president can we share with Canada—@keightleyy
Logan highlighted some of Trudeau's notable decisions since he became prime minister in the fall, and gave background on his life growing up with a famous father.
Unsurprisingly, Trudeau's 2012 charity boxing match against suspended Senator Patrick Brazeau was a particular hit with the online crowd.
"Boxing is not about how big a punch you can throw. It's about how big a punch you can take & keep going"-Justin Trudeau <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbsnews?src=hash">#cbsnews</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/60minutes?src=hash">#60minutes</a>—@yesthatkevin
Watching Justin Trudeau's boxing match on <a href="https://twitter.com/60Minutes">@60Minutes</a> makes me think how weird Canadian politics are... and I love it!—@abean_92
At one point, the program showed a photo of Pierre Trudeau with former girlfriend and actress Kim Cattrall, but erroneously stated that it was his wife Margaret Trudeau.
Canadians on Twitter didn't miss the mistake.
60 Minutes, when discussing Margaret Trudeau’s mental illness, shows a 1981 photo of Kim Cattrall. Oops. <a href="https://t.co/ov2uYtZZWu">pic.twitter.com/ov2uYtZZWu</a>—@fagstein
Justin Trudeau on 60 Minutes: He loves boxing! Also, a quick answer about refugees and also check out his mom, Kim Cattrall.—@AdrianKLee
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/60Minutes?src=hash">#60Minutes</a> just showed a picture of actress Kim Cattrall identifying her as Margaret Trudeau. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cdnpoli?src=hash">#cdnpoli</a>—@NatashaFatah
But the actress herself took the mistake in stride:
' <a href="https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau">@JustinTrudeau</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/SixtyMinutes">@SixtyMinutes</a> I have a son who is the Prime Minister of Canada? I couldn't b more proud. <a href="https://t.co/pKguM9VH8J">pic.twitter.com/pKguM9VH8J</a>—@KimCattrall
While not exactly fawning like the recent Vogue article about Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, the interview was no Frost/Nixon.
<a href="https://twitter.com/60Minutes">@60Minutes</a> nice puff piece on Trudeau. Weak as usual from 60 minutes. Not one question about massive job losses or largest deficits ever.—@Spacedonkey1
In addition to the sit-down interview, the program followed Trudeau to Parliament Hill in Ottawa, to his boxing gym in Montreal and to the winter carnival in Quebec City, Bonhomme included.
The last question was poignant to many in Canada and the U.S, with Logan asking Trudeau what Canadians dislike about their southern neighbours.
Trudeau answered that Canadians want a little more attention.
"Because you can't be Canadian without being aware of at least one other country, the United States, because it's so important to us," he said. "I think we sometimes like to think that, you know, Americans will pay attention to us from time to time, too."
That prompted a tweet from Calgary MP Jason Kenney.
1/ Regrettably smug comment by PM Trudeau re our American friends,who help to defend Canada & our interests globally <a href="https://t.co/MxI5Q7nztM">https://t.co/MxI5Q7nztM</a>—@jkenney
The interview comes ahead of a big night for Trudeau — on Thursday, he'll be the first Canadian Prime Minister to be honoured with a state dinner at the White House in almost 20 years.
Watch the 60 Minutes interview below.