Friday, August 23, 2013

No Stephen Maher, Justin Trudeau is not the "Paulina Gretzky of Canadian politics"

Justin Trudeau did not intentionally drop the bomb that he smoked a doobie while an MP. He said it because he is unschooled in message control. This was not a Paulina Gretzky moment (notice the huge photos of Gretzky and her boobs accompanying Maher's words). Trudeau is not hip enough to mastermind his pot confession in social media.

What Trudeau did right was make fun of himself and his critics post-confession. That was schooled but not in the sensationalism sense of a Paulina Gretzky. I wish it were true. But it's not.

As for Maher, he is writing for a Conservative media group with sensationalist sensibilities. So, I can't blame Maher for his efforts. A more appropriate comparison in my mind is Maher and Paulina. After all, whenever I see a Maher headline or when I read about the latest Gretzky scandal:
Click. I did it again.
UPDATE: It looks like I seem to be one of the only people who believe Trudeau slipped up. Pundits and bloggers think he was deliberate in this admission. That seems weird to me. First, he admitted to an illegal activity while a MP. Stupid. Second, he talked about it when he could have just let it go. Perhaps there are incriminating photos of the future PM toking. That's the only reason I can think why he would say what he did. It certainly doesn't further his goal of legalizing pot. Who knows? The good news is that nobody but bloggers and pundits give a shit.


  1. while were at it please make the call.

  2. There is an interesting article by Tim Harper in today's Star, Jymn, that sees Trudeau's risk-taking as deliberate but also not necessarily positive in the long-term, given his paucity of details on policy: