Even after his return to Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
continues to draw criticism and ridicule for the way in which he and his family dressed during their recent trip to India.
As striking as the image of a Canadian leader dressed in the bright garments of another culture’s formal wear might have been, it’s not exactly rare.
Here are some politicians who have traded in their traditional attire for something more flashy, and not altogether belonging to their own culture, whether at someone else’s behest or on their own.
Former Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, centre, poses for a photo with former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown, left, and former Conservative MP Bal Gosal, right, at Toronto’s Vaisakhi Parade on Khalsa Day, April 26, 2015. Photo from Rona Ambrose/Twitter. Former Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, centre, poses for a photo with former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown, left, and former Conservative MP Bal Gosal, right, at Toronto’s Vaisakhi Parade on Khalsa Day, April 26, 2015. Photo from Rona Ambrose/Twitter.
Former federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair dons an east Asian style jacket during Vancouver’s Chinese New Year parade on Feb. 14. Photo from Tom Mulcair/Twitter.
Alberta United Conservative leader Jason Kenney, left, wears a Tae Kwan Do robe and an honourary black belt during Toronto’s Korean Harvest Moon Festival in August 2015. Photo from Jason Kenney/Twitter.
Former Canadian Prime Minister John Chretien, left, stands next to Taiwan representative Lee Yuan-tseh at the end of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Declaration at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok on Oct. 21, 2003. Photo from Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images.
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, centre, attends the Golden temple, a major Sikh shrine, in Amritsar on Nov. 16, 2011. Clark was in India for the annual two-day India Economic Summit, held in Mumbai, and to improve bilateral relations. Photo from Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images.
Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, poses with Chinese President Xi Jinping upon arrival for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit banquet at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in the Chinese capital on Nov. 10, 2014. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images.
Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, donning the Australian outback Driza-Bone coat and Akubra hat, prepares for a family photo during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders summit at the Sydney Opera House on Sept. 8, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Photo by Will Burgess-Pool/Getty Images.
Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, wearing an ‘endek,’ a traditional Balinese woven fabric, arrives for a gala dinner hosted for the leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Oct. 7, 2013. Photo from Dita Alangkara/AFP/Getty Images.
Bonus: Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, wear western attire to a rodeo demonstration with Calgary Stampede president Mike Casey, left, Laureen Harper, second from left, and former Prime Minister Stepen Harper, right, at the BMO Centre in Calgary, Alberta, July 7, 2011. Photo from Don MacKinnon/AFP/Getty Images.