Trudeau steps in wet ce­ment with re­mark

Simcoe Reformer - Times-Reformer - - OPINION -

What do you call it when you judge an en­tire group of peo­ple the same way? Stereo­typ­ing? Prej­u­dice? Big­otry?

How­ever you la­bel it, Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau man­aged to ma­lign one whole group in Canada — male con­struc­tion work­ers — while speak­ing at the G20 sum­mit in Ar­gentina.

While Trudeau par­tic­i­pated in a gen­der equal­ity panel he said: “You might say, ‘What does a gen­der lens have to do with build­ing this new high­way or this new pipe­line?’ Well, there are im­pacts when you bring con­struc­tion work­ers into a ru­ral area — there are so­cial im­pacts be­cause they are mostly male con­struc­tion work­ers. How are you ad­just­ing or adapt­ing to those (im­pacts)?” What does this mean? He seems to be sug­gest­ing the im­pacts of hav­ing a group of men work­ing in a ru­ral area are neg­a­tive ones.

Trudeau was roasted on so­cial me­dia over the re­mark.

One woman took to Facebook to vent her frus­tra­tions in a post that was widely shared:

“Per­son­ally, when I saw this video it made my blood boil, as my hus­band over­sees a crew in the nat­u­ral gas divi­sion. He sac­ri­fices for our fam­ily by be­ing out of town for work,” wrote Ta­mara Mack Rob­bins. “Th­ese are not ‘frat boys.’ The work­ers he refers to are our hus­bands, sons, broth­ers and, yes, sis­ters. How dare he speak this way of my hus­band and many Cana­dian fam­i­lies!”

Some­one needs to tell Trudeau the con­struc­tion and pipe­line sec­tor em­ploys im­mi­grants, young peo­ple, peo­ple of colour as well as First Na­tions and Cana­di­ans who have been here for gen­er­a­tions.

It’s hard, hon­est work that’s crit­i­cal for our economy. Con­struc­tion work­ers build our busi­nesses and com­mu­ni­ties and pay the taxes Trudeau frit­ters away.

He ought to re­tract his out­ra­geous com­ments, but that might be dif­fi­cult with the other shoe he al­ready has in his mouth.

On Sun­day morn­ing, the PM cav­a­lierly of­fered $50 mil­lion in tax­payer money to late night co­me­dian Trevor Noah for a global fund that sup­ports ed­u­ca­tion in cri­sis zones, say­ing: “Work for you? Let’s do it.”

The prob­lem here isn’t the wor­thy cause he was sup­port­ing, it was Trudeau us­ing Twitter to im­press a celebrity by pub­licly of­fer­ing $50 mil­lion in tax dol­lars on a self-ag­gran­diz­ing whim.

Our PM’s record of di­vi­sive, tone-deaf pro­nounce­ments and tweets con­tin­ues to grow.

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