I’m not a fan of talking about political spouses, their name was not on the ballot, they were not the ones that the public voted for and they are not the ones in charge of government policy. I stand by that policy with rare exception, such as when a political spouse puts themselves out there to push government policy.
Aileen Chretien shunned the limelight as did Sheila Martin. Laureen Harper restricted herself to charity work. For the most part Sophie Trudeau is sticking to charity work and I applaud her for that.
But on Tuesday she gave an interview to Don Martin on his CTV show Power Play. She was speaking about Walk In Her Shoes, a worthwhile project from Care Canada. During the interview she spoke of the budget and spending on foreign affairs as “we” defending her husbands budget. That’s not a biggie and neither is her saying that she didn’t know Jaspal Atwal when she posed for a photo with him.
I normally give politicians the benefit of the doubt on these photo incidents. At an event they can’t do a background check on every person that comes up and asks for a photo. It happens to me all the time and I oblige and don’t ask for a background check, I wouldn’t expect Sophie Gregoire Trudeau to do one either. Her husband, he actually knows Atwal, has met him several times, calls him “Jas,” and has no excuse.
Now as for the clothes in India, Sophie wanted us all to know that she was just listening to staff on what to wear.
“When you are on official trips it’s not a vacation,it is serious work,” Sophie said. “On official trips you listen to officials who guide you in also clothing choices because there are places where you need your head covered for example or whatever it is and I listen to the professionals.”
You can watch the whole interview below and the interesting part begins at the 4 minute mark.
But do you really believe that Sophie was just listening to officials? I don’t! She also said in the same interview she was trying to showcase Canadian designers, designers that employ Syrian refugees.
I think it is great that Ms. Gregoire Trudeau showcases Canadian designers. It is wonderful. But don’t try and pull a fast one on Canadians and tell us that it was officials saying that they advised that she, her husband and children all be dressed in colour coordinated matching outfits that changed at every photo-op.
It’s simply not believable.