Trudeau slammed for saying he might support an independent Quebec

Andy Radia
·Politics Reporter

Oops, he did it again.

Liberal MP Justin Trudeau put his foot in his mouth during a 16 minute radio interview in French with Radio-Canada.

No, he didn't use an expletive this time, he did something, some would argue, is much worse.

According to the Globe and Mail, Trudeau offered a scenario whereby he might support Quebec separation.

"I always say, if at a certain point, I believe that Canada was really the Canada of Stephen Harper — that we were going against abortion, and we were going against gay marriage and we were going backwards in 10,000 different ways — maybe I would think about wanting to make Quebec a country," the Globe and Mail quoted him saying.

Trudeau has since backtracked on his comments tweeting "Canada needs [Quebec] to balance out Harper's vision that I (and many) just don't support."

Nevertheless, the blogosphere and Twitterverse exploded with shocked comments.

The Ottawa Citizen's Andrew Potter tweeted: "This is unbelievable."

Blogger Brigitte Pellerin called Justin Trudeau "a conditional Canadian."

The National Post's headline about the story was: "Justin Trudeau, loyal to Canada, up to a point."

During the radio interview Trudeau was also asked to compare himself to his father, the former prime minister.

"We'll see when I'm 80, maybe then we can do comparisons," he said.

"He was an intellectual. Me, I'm a bit less intellectual. I'm still a person who has very strong opinions."

To that, pundit David Frum tweeted this: "Understatement of the yr. Justin Trudeau compares himself to Pierre: 'Me, I am a bit less intellectual.'"