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The Liberals love projecting an image. Listening? Not so much

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s effort to portray himself as just another average Canadian, possessed of an ordinary everyday outlook and bedrock Canadian values, was never very convincing. Great effort has been devoted to it by his handlers — the selfies, the photo bombs, the corny family photos — all carefully staged to look absolutely unstaged and typical.

My personal favourite remains the video released soon after he became Liberal leader, dressed in T-shirt and cargo shorts, outside a suburban home, thanking supporters for reaching a fundraising goal. See: the guy wants to be prime minister, but he spends his weekends just like the rest of us: bumming around in casual duds, mowing the lawn, firing up the barbie for a few burgers while cracking a beer or two.

Of course, that was before the trip to the Aga Khan’s private island, the visit to India dressed like an extra in a Bollywood romance, and the odd reaction to revelations he’d been accused of groping a young reporter at an event years ago. The prime minister’s initial response to such embarrassments led one to wonder just how acutely he was attuned to Canadian sensibilities. In each case, after further consideration, an updated response was deemed appropriate. As far as the groping claim went, Trudeau concluded — after “reflecting very carefully” — that different people can experience a situation in different ways. No kidding.

Terri-Lynne McClintic, convicted in the death of eight-year-old Tori Stafford

The latest puzzling example of the Trudeau crowd’s inability to perceive the obvious followed news that Terri-Lynne McClintic, jailed for the brutal killing of eight-year-old Tori Stafford, had been transferred to a Saskatchewan healing lodge. Reaction was swift........

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