“I’m sorry. If I had known you were reporting for a national paper, I never would have been so forward,” the article quotes Trudeau as saying.
Screenshots of an article from the Creston Valley Advance newspaper’s Monday, August 14, 2000 edition are causing growing controversy online.
The article refers to Justin Trudeau apparently apologizing to a young female reporter for being “so forward.”
The Creston Valley Advance referred to it as Trudeau “groping a strange young woman…”
A photo of the story was shared online by highly-respected Liberal Strategist and political commentator Warren Kinsella:
— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) June 6, 2018
Here is a slightly better quality image of an editorial in the August 14, 2000 Creston Valley Advance, a local B.C. paper, which claims Justin Trudeau apologized for "inappropriately handling" (or "groping" in the paper's words) a female reporter. pic.twitter.com/fZ748QqWYX
— Sean Craig (@sdbcraig) June 7, 2018
A full photo of the editorial can be seen below:
While this happened many years ago, and never went anywhere in the media at the time beyond this editorial, it certainly raises questions about the image Justin Trudeau has tried constructing around himself.
As one person pointed out, “Worst part is that he was only sorry because she worked for a newspaper.”
Worst part is that he was only sorry because she worked for a newspaper.
— Peter (@pprogas) June 7, 2018
Additionally, Trudeau has previously denied that anything like this had taken place:
As reported by Flare Magazine, Trudeau claimed that he had been careful “all my life.”
“When asked by the reporter, “As you look back into your own career, is there a chance at some point that your actions might not have been construed the way they were intended?” Trudeau responded:
“I don’t think so. I’ve been very, very careful all my life to be thoughtful, to be respectful of people’s space and people’s headspace as well.”
Despite this statement of confidence in his own actions, Trudeau said he is subject to the same zero-tolerance policy he applies to everyone else.
“The standard applies to everyone,” he said. “There is no context in which someone doesn’t have responsibility for things they’ve done in the past. This is something that I’m not new to. I’ve been working on issues around sexual assault for over 25 years. My first activism and engagement was at the sexual assault centre at McGill students’ society where I was one of the first male facilitators in their outreach program leading conversations—sometimes very difficult ones—on the issues of consent, communications, accountability, power dynamics.”’
So, if this is true, Justin Trudeau could be in some trouble by the standards he set himself.
A key issue here is one of hypocrisy. While there is no one who is perfect, Justin Trudeau has attempted – with some significant political success – to create an image of himself that is built on being the perfect ‘male feminist,’ and using that image to denigrate his political opponents and demonize the millions of Canadians who disagree with him.
By building his brand on ‘male feminism,’ and using that as a cudgel to attack others, Trudeau is far more vulnerable than others to charges of hypocrisy on this issue, and the Creston Valley Advance article is raising some very serious doubts about him among the Canadian People.
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