Old video of Justin Trudeau slagging Alberta politicians surfaces, Trudeau apologizes

UPDATE (4:00 p.m. ET): Justin Trudeau has apologized for his remarks in an interview two years ago where he said Canada isn't doing well right now because Albertans are in power.


“I'm sorry I said what I did. I was wrong to relate the area of the country that Mr. (Stephen) Harper is from with the people who live there and with the policies that he has that don't represent the values of most Canadians," Trudeau said Friday, one day after a YouTube video of the interview surfaced.

He also chided the Tories for spreading word about the video.

I think what this really demonstrates is that the Conservatives are panicking at the thought they might lose a by-election in Calgary-centre,” he added at the impromptu press conference in Vancouver.

“There’s a sense that people are tired of being taken for granted by a government that is taken this country in the wrong direction. …When they get scared they do this. They attack. They draw out old comments and they try to divide and set people against each other.”


If the federal Liberals were hoping for some sort of a revival in the province of Alberta — it just got a lot harder.

Just one day after Liberal MP David McGuinty was forced to apologize for his 'go back to Alberta' comments, a 2-year-old interview with leadership candidate Justin Trudeau has surfaced where he is quoted as saying the country is in bad shape because Albertans are in power.

"Canada isn't doing well right now because it's Albertans who control our community and socio-democratic agenda. It doesn't work," he said according to a translation provided by Sun Media News.

The reporter then asked Trudeau if he thought Canada would be better off if there were more Quebecers in charge.

"I'm a Liberal, so of course I think so, yes," Trudeau responded.

"Certainly when we look at the great prime ministers of the 20th century, those that really stood the test of time, they were MPs from Quebec.

"This country - Canada - it belongs to us."

Not surprisingly, the Conservatives are making hay with the video.  They posted it on their website with this quote: "We  knew these anti-Alberta attitudes were deeply held within the Liberal Party, we just didn't know how close to the surface they were."

On Thursday evening, according to the National Post, a spokesperson for Trudeau appeared on CBC News in an apparent damage control exercise.

"It was a very long interview in French.What he was saying was that Quebecers see a government that doesn't share their values," Gerald Butz said.

"It doesn't have to do with the fact that they are from Alberta. It is due to the fact that they are right wing and negative."

Meanwhile, Liberal insider Warren Kinsella rallied the troops on Twitter asking his followers to post embarrassing historical comments made by Reform, Alliance and Conservative MPs.

Here are just a couple of them: