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Oh Canada, it looks like the Americans are talking about how amazing our prime minister is again. Justin Trudeau is gracing the cover of Rolling Stone next month looking less like a world leader and more like a laid-back movie star. The cover piece, cutely entitled, ‘Trudeau: The North Star,’ is a love letter to our PM from Americans who see him as a foil to their current commander in chief. ‘Why can’t he be our president?’ the article quips. Well, he’s not American-born for starters, but we see your point.

It’s quite invigorating to see our PM out there on the world stage being respected and fawned over (much better than listening to another American ‘aboot’ joke). It seems like the Trudeau charm and the good versus evil narrative forming between him and Donald Trump has projected him from just Canada’s leader to a real Obama-status celebrity. In fact, the writer Stephen Rodrick, likens Trudeau to the 44th president several times in the article.

In the long-form profile, Roderick explains how Trudeau is probably the best equipped to handle Trump’s method of governing. His kind-but-firm approach to dealing with the American president means that Trump likes him and that allows Trudeau to subtly get things done when it comes to trade with state governments. Go Trudeau!

While the article is overwhelmingly positive and incredibly flattering, Canadians aren’t in love with another high-profile fluff-piece on our PM. Sure, he’s attractive, Liberal, good at communicating and has a certain amount of class, but Canadians want a little more. There was very little critique of him in the article which paints Canada in a good light, but its citizens are concerned it doesn’t show that he has his shortcomings.


Globally he looks great, but domestically, Trudeau has broken promises and made controversial decisions when it comes to Indigenous issues, government spending and pipeline projects. These are all issues that contribute to his profile within Canada though, not his global superstar status. To be fair, it’s kind of like how the world fawned over Obama; he certainly had his shortcomings domestically, but he could do no wrong in the eyes of most Canadians.

Some people were less interested in the uncritical take and more interested in the writing itself. Parts of it read a little like a romance novel and other parts of it are just, well, wrong.

On the plus side, Canada is gaining in popularity and status with articles like these. They put Canadian and American politics side-by-side which can reveal some of the stark differences in how we operate (to cut down the American idea that we’re just like them but with a lot more maple syrup). Apparently the author liked what he saw so much, he’s coming up here to join us. Even if we’re not pleased with the article, we’re sure he’ll be welcomed with open arms. This is Canada, after all.

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