Justin Trudeau attacked for making a joke about hockey, Russia and Ukraine

Andy Radia
Canada Politics
February 24, 2014

Oops, he did it again.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has opened the door to a full-fledged attack from the Conservatives and New Democrats.

In an interview late last week, with Radio Canada, Trudeau is reported to have said this — as a joke — when talking about the situation in Ukraine:

"It is very worrisome, particularly since Russia lost in hockey, they will be in a bad mood and we fear Russian involvement in the Ukraine."

For the bilingual, among us, here's a snippet from the interview:

Of course, what happened last week in Ukraine is no laughing matter.

As reported by the Canadian Press, the violence spiked on Tuesday, with 25 people killed and hundreds injured in clashes between anti-government protesters and riot police.

On Monday, Tory MPs quickly took to Twitter to attack the Liberal leader.

Trudeau didn't respond to the attacks directly but he did tweet about Ukraine on Monday afternoon.

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The Tory MPs' narrative is buoyed by the fact that Trudeau's — perhaps insensitive — comment on the Ukraine isn't just a one-off.

Last November, you'll recall, the Liberal leader joked about admiring China because "their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime."

He's also had some other foot-in-the-mouth incidents as succinctly highlighted in a November 13th Sun News' article titled: "Top ten dumb Justin Trudeau statements."

I bet the Ukraine quote gets on to Sun News' next top ten list.

(Photo courtesy of the Canadian Press)

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