Mon. Sep 16th, 2019

Trudeau and the recurrence of apologies – Part 4

My previous article shed light on the scandalous situations Trudeau repeatedly found himself in.  Another such incidence surfaced when he was reminded of the promises he made and did not or could not live up to. One small slip is all it takes to stagger from the bolt upright position one had painstakingly framed themselves in.

This time it was with regards to the support for the women’s rights which he had been endorsing gloriously for the past few years until recently. Like every forbearing leader, Trudeau described his leadership skills as highly accommodating when he voiced them as; “listening, learning and compassion … where my ministers, caucus and staff feel comfortable coming to me.” Trudeau probably wished he had bit his tongue when had declared these words out loud. Months later, he was asked for a justification for each of these words he had spoken.

The episode particularly became much talked about when the 45-year old Canadian MP- Celina R. Caesar-Chavannes held Trudeau for the promising words he had spoken. In her tweet, Caesar-Chavannes cross-questioned Trudeau by asking a pretty straightforward question; “I did come to you recently. Twice. Remember your reactions?”

As the issue surfaced Trudeau’s endorsed image of being a feminist wavered. Two incidences spoke in its favour, the first when Caesar-Chavannes spoke about her side of the story and told news sources, how inaccessible Trudeau was to his ministers, contrary from the belief he had created about himself. Speaking about her situation, she said Trudeau became enraged as she talked about not running again, as she believed Trudeau was more focused on “optics of having two women of color leaving (his caucus).”

In the second supporting incident, two female cabinet ministers from the House of Commons resigned. It was Former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould who first took a bow from the cabinet. Before quitting, she stated, she felt pressurized from Trudeau and other ministers about the Quebec contractor case, which could have ultimately helped to boost support for the Liberals in Quebec. Similarly, Jane Philpott also quit in connection to the often cited Quebec contractor case, SNC-Lavalin.

Is it uncommonly arduous for political leaders to live up to their promises because of the unprecedented challenges they often find themselves more or less trapped in or do they often promise more than they can deliver?

To support her case, Caesar-Chavannes said Trudeau allegedly yelled at her: “He was yelling. He was yelling that I didn’t appreciate him, that he’d given me so much.” Later she also stated that he apologized her for the same.

My question is; would a person who is not guilty apologize about anything at all? On the other hand, one of the hardest things one may ever have to do in life is to deliver an apology. The task is graver if a public figure has to deliver it on a social stage, and every so often. What does that make of him as a person?

My next and final article will speak on this. Stay tuned!