The Kokanee Grope, again

I return to a story I have discussed before. Thankfully Norman Spector, a former chief of staff to a prime minister and a former ambassador and now just part of the commentariat, and one or two others remain seized with the issue that …

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… the Parliamentary Press Gallery, most of it, anyway, have been protecting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. I agree … I suspect that a few journalists would love to go after him but they are holding back (being held back) by a general sense that he is already in enough trouble over big, Big, BIG issues like NAFTA, the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and the growing opposition to his carbon tax plans.

I take the view that his response to the Kokanee Grope helps to explain why he fails so often: he is a man of weak character. Now, I think that he is an honest feminist who, sincerely, believes in a whole hockey sock full of über progressive things, including that men ought not to grope women … views that I share, by the way. I also think that he was almost 20 years younger, away from home, that it was a hot, fun-filled day and he had a few pints of beer … my guess is that all added up to an error in judgement. And that’s all it was; he is not, I am certain, a serial groper or anything like that … it was a one off, beer fuelled, personal error in judgement.

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Justin Trudeau gets inducted into the Order of Saquatch Hunters at the Columbia Brewery’s Kokanee Summit Festival held in Creston, B.C. on Sunday August 6, 2000. Trudeau was on hand for the festivities to raise awareness of the Kokanee Glacier Alpine Campaign – a memorial to his late brother Michel. CNW release – 0622 na creston CREDIT: CNW/Handout photo

But others have done similar things and have been removed from cabinet or from the Liberal caucus because Prime Minister Trudeau has been outspoken about there being just one standard for everyone.

I’m not asking him to resign; but I do think that he should come forward, without being questioned and say: “Look, I messed up; I have, privately, reached out an apologized to the lady who complained. I apologized because I did something wrong and I failed to live up to my own standards; I’m not making excuses; I have learned from my own experience.” If he will not do that, soon, then I expect the Parliamentary Press Gallery to get on him and keep on him.

Norman Spector is not some cranky old curmudgeon; he is just trying to keep the media honest.

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