The King and Queen of Belgium are in Canada this week to say thank you to this country for helping to liberate Belgium from the Germany in the First World War, we welcomed them by having a German flag at Rideau Hall.
That may seem like a small gaffe and we can all point out that the colours are the same even if in a different order and direction but this was bad.
Worse though, our prime minister is out of town.
That’s right, the King and Queen of Belgium come to Canada for the first state visit since Trudeau Sr. was PM and Trudeau Jr. skips town. It’s not just for the steel and aluminum tour, in fact Trudeau had told the Belgian government that he couldn’t meet with them long before they arrived and long before he embarked on his latest tour.
He was supposed to be in Florida for a vacation.
That’s right, Justin Trudeau was supposed to be on vacation with his family even though he just got back from his Indian vacation.
A combination the mockery and criticism he received from that trip along with Trump’s threat of tariffs on steel and aluminum caused him to cancel the Florida trip and go back on tour.
Where did he go?
He wen to the Saguenay region of Quebec where the Liberals picked up a seat from the Conservatives recently and he wants to keep it. Of all the places he could have gone he made sure to go to the one where he wants to win or keep votes. Same with his visit to Hamilton, Ontario today. The Liberals have some seats in the area but fear the NDP.
It’s not unusual for politicians to do this sort of thing but of the four prime minister’s I have covered Trudeau does it more than all of them combined.
Trudeau didn’t need to go on tour to show that he is backing steel and aluminum workers. Not only did Trump back away from that threat last week but Trudeau could have done more by staying in his office and doing actual work. But it is hard to get votes and photo ops by working.
It’s the same with why he didn’t stay to meet with the Belgian royals and their significant business delegation, Trudeau looked at the votes to be had and decided there were none, or at least not enough. If Belgium had a large enough diaspora in Canada we could expect to see Trudeau on an 8 day long tour changing into national costume at each photo-op.
That’s what he did with India and was really the only reason he went to India.
The Belgians have said it would have been nice to meet Trudeau. If they want a meeting with this guy, they better show him where the votes are.