Does a public figure and prime minister have the right to behave like an average citizen? It’s a question that’s been on the lips of British media commentators this week.
In Canada, not so much. Or thus far, not at all. Turns out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a left turn this past weekend from formalities relating to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Taking up lead vocals for a rendition of the rock band Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Trudeau was seen piping up in an internet video this week.
“Trudeau was seen singing a Queen song, possibly hours before the funeral. And we’re not talking about a tune by or for our former Head of State. We’re talking about Freddie Mercury’s Queen.”
“In a clip filmed on Sunday night at The Savoy Hotel in London, Trudeau was seen performing “Bohemian Rhapsody” with theatre kid-like verve.”
Let’s be fair– singing in public is not a crime. It is the context in which it occurred that makes CAP wonder about the mental condition of Canada’s post-modern PM.
By all accounts, Queen Elizabeth’s funeral is intended to be a sombre occasion. For a Canadian prime minister to toss aside related formalities must be called into question. Thus far, media in Canada have done no such thing.
“Once the video made it to Twitter, internet sleuths quickly got to work to confirm whether the clip was fresh or a piece of old footage revived for slander.”
“It looks like it might be legit, as one user pointed out that the London bus seen in the background appears to have an August 2022 advertisement.”
Justin Trudeau has the strangest sense of timing of any prime minister in Canadian history. Perhaps the reason is found in a simple observation. This person has been prime minister for just under seven years. For seven years a chasm has existed between the PM and “his people.”
Outside his protected woke bubble, Mr. Trudeau doesn’t seem to know what is going on in the world. Economies may crumble, citizens may be hungry, First Nations thirsty, Canadians at each other’s throats.
Through it all, Trudeau remains in la-la land, separate and apart from the real-world experiences of the Canadian people. “Let them eat cake” says the silver spoon-fed Laurentian Mountain elitist?
Turns out not everyone in London is a fan of the Queen, a Queen fan, or a believer in Justin Trudeau:
“Unbelievably inappropriate and the choice of song by Queen!!!” reads a comment below the video.
“As a statesman — sorry, ‘statesperson’ — this behaviour the night before Her Royal Highness’s funeral is very poor.”
Trudeau was heckled and booed while on the trip. One man yelled ‘bastard!’ at him as he came out of the Canadian office in London.”
“Always a new way to embarrass Canada,” reads the top comment on one of the copies of the video circulating online. “I swear he does it on purpose.”
Does he? Or is it a matter of the Canadian PM being housed in a cocoon-like environment by his handlers?