Justin Trudeau has issued a large number of apologies since becoming prime minister.
To be exact, Trudeau has apologized ten times on a wide array of issues. Here is each and every single one of them:
- May 18, 2016: Trudeau apologized to Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus for the Komagata Maru incident
- May 19, 2016: Trudeau apologized for elbowing NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau
- Nov 28, 2017: Trudeau apologized to LGBT Canadians for “state-sponsored, systematic oppression.”
- Dec 20, 2017: Trudeau apologized for Aga Khan private island trip.
- March 26, 2018: Trudeau apologized to Tsilhqot’in Nation for hanging six chiefs
- March 28, 2018: Trudeau apologized because the Catholic Church didn’t take responsibility for Canadian residential schools
- Nov 7, 2018: Trudeau apologized to Jewish people for turning away the MS St. Louis
- March 8, 2019: Trudeau apologized to the Inuit for colonial policies
- May 23, 2019: Trudeau apologized to Poundmaker Cree Nation for their chief’s treason conviction
- Aug 15, 2019: Trudeau’s minister apologized to Inuit of Baffin Island for failing to provide adequate facilities
While there are many things Trudeau has apologized for, on the following issues, the prime minister hasn’t issued an apology:
1. He hasn’t apologized for pressuring Jody Wilson-Raybould
Since Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion ruled that prime minister broke the law, Justin Trudeau has yet to issue an apology to his former indigenous Attorney General and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.
As the person behind the allegations of political interference in the judicial system, Wilson-Raybould faced threats to avoid “butting heads” with the Prime Minister, inappropriate pressure from members of the Prime Minister’s Office and eventually expulsion from her party’s caucus.
Wilson-Raybould’s father, Chief Bill Wilson called the treatment of his daughter a “kick in the teeth”.
Further, Wilson-Raybould was also gagged by solicitor-client privilege and denied the opportunity to provide further testimony and evidence to the Liberal-dominated justice committee which investigated the allegations.
Instead of offering an apology to all of those affected by his inappropriate behaviour, the prime minister reiterated his belief that everything he did was in order to protect Canadian jobs. SNC-Lavalin denied this claim.
2. He hasn’t apologized for groping a female reporter
When it was revealed that Justin Trudeau inappropriately groped a female reporter while attending a music festival, the prime minister brushed the event off.
Instead of offering an apology for sexual misconduct, Trudeau insisted that two people can experience the same events “differently”.
“There’s a lot of uncertainties around this. In terms of my recollection, there was no untoward or inappropriate action but she was in a professional context. Who knows where her mind was and I fully respect her ability to experience something differently,” said Trudeau about the groping allegation.
Although the victim has decided not to launch an investigation into the matter, Trudeau has yet to admit he did anything inappropriate.
3. He hasn’t apologized for misleading to Canadians
Among other things that Mario Dion’s SNC-Lavalin ethics report revealed was that the prime minister publicly and repeatedly misled to Canadians.
Shortly after the initial Globe and Mail report revealed the extent of the government’s interference, Trudeau denied all of the allegations calling them false.
“The allegations in the Globe story this morning are false. Neither the current nor the previous attorney general was ever directed by me or anyone in my office to take a decision in this matter,” said Trudeau in February.
However, now that the ethics report corroborated the story, Trudeau evidently appears to have misled Canadians during the original press conference in Vaughan, Ontario.
4. He hasn’t apologized to Admiral Mark Norman
Shortly before the case against Admiral Mark Norman fell apart and Crown prosecutors dropped breach of trust charges against him, his lawyers were preparing to accuse the Trudeau government of politically interfering in their client’s case as well.
Since being vindicated of all wrongdoing, the government refused to pay for Admiral Norman’s legal fees and failed to give him his former position back.
Despite calls to do so, Trudeau has yet to apologize to Admiral Norman.
5. He hasn’t apologized for the border crisis
Under Trudeau’s watch, the border situation has grown to become a crisis.
Since Trudeau fired off his “#WelcometoCanada” tweet in 2017, well over 45,000 refugees have entered the country illegally and wait times for asylum applications has ballooned to five years.
Trudeau’s decision to remove Visa requirements for travellers from Mexico has also led to a spike in asylum claims being made by Mexican migrants. Among those, hundreds of extremely violent cartel members have slipped into the country undetected and drug seizures have spiked along Canada’s border with the United States.
The cost to Canadian taxpayers is expected to exceed $1 billion by 2020, according to a report by the Parliamentary Budget Officer.
Despite all of these issues, Trudeau’s government has failed to secure our border.