Trudeau deflects F-bomb flak
AJAX, Ont.—Using the F-word in public earned Justin Trudeau a scolding from his wife but the Liberal leader said yesterday he would not accept criticism from the Harper government, which questioned his judgment.
Trudeau dropped the F-bomb over the weekend while speaking at an annual cancer charity boxing match in Gatineau, Que., which he had starred in two years ago.
“Your name, your fortune, your intelligence, your beauty, none of that [expletive] matters.”
Trudeau conceded yesterday he may have gotten a little carried away while speaking at the event.
“Listen, it was fight night at the casino on Saturday night and I found myself once again in a boxing ring, and I guess I let my emotions run a little hot,” he said in Ajax, Ont. after delivering a speech to the local board of trade.
“But rest assured, I got an awful lot of talking to at home from Sophie and nothing anyone else can add will be worse than that.”
When asked if he wished he had chosen another adjective, Trudeau replied: “If you had seen the scolding Sophie gave me, you would have wished you used a different adjective, as well.”
The Conservatives went after Trudeau’s choice of words yesterday, with at least three Tory MPs referencing the matter in the House of Commons.
“The Liberal leader clearly lacks the judgment, the decorum, and the maturity to be prime minister of this country,” said Costas Menegakis.
“It is too bad that his decision to speak candidly resulted in profanity instead of praise for the event organizers.”
MP Wladyslaw Lizon added the Conservatives would “take no lessons from a Liberal leader who is in way over his head.”
“No tough choices and no discipline is required when one is the Liberal leader,” he said.
“He is more concerned with dropping obscenities at charity events.”
Trudeau, however, rejected any suggestion he had displayed behaviour that was unbecoming of a leader, and instead rattled off a string of references to issues the Harper government has had to grapple with recently.
“It’s interesting that someone who would have had the poor judgement to put Patrick Brazeau or Mike Duffy in the Senate, someone who chose Arthur Porter, Bruce Carson, or even botched a Supreme Court nomination process, would be criticizing anyone else for judgment,” he retorted.