Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s sideswipes at Stephen Harper and Canadian resources at Davos on Wednesday were not merely unworthy, they were dumb. ...Andrew Coyne:
... The last thing they [our resource industry] need is their prime minister making lame puns overseas at their expense, or implying their livelihoods are infra dig. ...Rex Murphy:
Economist and Post columnist Stephen Gordon, stirred by the prime minister’s words, this week let loose a trio of tweets, with commendable panache, on essentially this very point. With twitterian terseness he texted: “It takes resourcefulness to extract resources”; “Extracting crude from the oil sands requires an insanely elevated level of engineering skills. It’s not like picking $$ from trees”; “Trudeau is buying into the Jed Clampett trope: resource extraction is something any dimwitted yob could do.”One hopes that those dumb enough to vote for (or, in the media, to boost and cover for) now PM Selfie are suffering heavy duty buyer's remorse.
Updates: PMO doctored official transcript of Trudeau’s speech to remove his slur against Stephen Harper.
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Ezra Levant on PM Selfie's escapades: