That damned Trudeau.
Just when I was prepared to deep-six our prime minister over his interference in the SNC-Lavalin case and his treatment of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, along comes the revelation of his use of blackface, not once, but at least three times.
This has, of course, considering the political correctness that seems to infiltrate everything we do these days, brought universal condemnation of him from his political enemies and media columnists and commentators..
It has even made the pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post, one writer of an opinion piece in the latter even going so far as to call for his resignation.
As for myself?
Well, I find myself going the other way.
I find myself feeling sorry for him, something a week ago I would have thought impossible.
From very early in my life I found myself pulling for the underdog and I guess, watching Trudeau catching it now from all angles for something I am not sure deserves a death sentence, it kicked in.
It hasn’t really erased all the bad feelings about him I have harboured over the past year, but I am not about to join those piling on in this one.
I think it was a mistake for Trudeau to have done what he did and he acknowledged in his apologies that it was wrong.
But I also believe there has to be some context in regard to the time the event that triggered all this occurred, about 20 years ago when he was 29. Time posted a photo online showing Trudeau in blackface at an “Arabian Nights themed party” in 2001 at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver, where he was a teacher.
I look at myself and I wonder if in that time frame I would have found it offensive if I had seen someone using blackface, say on Halloween or at a party. I think not.
Today? Well, that’s another story.
I see Trudeau’s major blunder as not bringing this forward himself.
I realize he has said he was too embarrassed to do so, but I think he would have found the embarrassment far preferable to what he is going through now.
If he had brought it up himself, let it all hang out, the pictures and the video, what really would there have been for his political opponents or media analysts to jump on? Very little, I would say, and I am not a fan. There naturally would be criticism but it would not have the legs this exposure has.
Trudeau’s political enemies and many media commentators are painting Trudeau as being hypocritical and proclaiming that what you see in him is not what you are getting, that his past shows who he really is.
I think that would hold up only if he had been guilty of making racial slurs, rather than painting his face black.
Will this latest debacle have any effect on the election?
I would say very little, if at all.
I am pretty sure the Canadian people will look at this as something that occurred well in the past, that does not define the man now. I think his record shows that he is not a racist, a tad hypocritical maybe, but not a racist.
In the end, will it affect my vote?
Not at all.
As I said earlier I am not a fan of Trudeau, nor am I a fan of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, the leaders of the only two parties that will get my vote.
Which means I am left still trying to decide where my vote will go.