It’s not often that Canadian politics gets outrageous–and let’s be honest, with the stuff happening in the States, our problems seem pretty small. This week marked Andrew Scheer’s first in the House of Commons as the Leader of the Official Opposition and things got down right savage during Question Period. We know that sounds fake, but here us out. Andrew Scheer sassed the Prime Minister like a master and Justin Trudeau sassed him right back. It was like watching the Kardashians go at it.
Scheer started by questioning the vagueness with which Trudeau answered a global terrorism question in his appearance on Live! with Kelly and Ryan Monday. In an interview that focused more on J.T.’s socks and time spent shirtless than any actual country-related stuff, this was his one opportunity to bring the conversation back to his leadership. He didn’t really thrive under the pressure.
‘There’s lots of things we need to do, whether it’s investing in safety, security, police officers and investigative national security stuff,’ Trudeau told Kelly regarding combating global terrorism, ‘or whether it’s in creating a society in which we’re there for each other, we lean on each other and we’re resilient enough to handle bad things happening without falling into a bad space.’
Admittedly, it’s hard to listen to our Prime Minister use words and phrases like ‘stuff’ and ‘bad space’ when talking global terrorism. We get that it’s a talk show but this is likely one of the only interviews the general American public will see Trudeau do this year and he didn’t come across as Canada’s fearless leader. He was more Celebrity JT than Trump-Fighting Trudeau. The whole show in general kind of made Canada look like some sort of cute little destination that sits on top of the U.S.
Andrew Scheer was quick to point out the Prime Minister’s fumble in their first face-to-face since he was elected leader of the Conservative party.
‘Yesterday the Prime Minister articulated his sophisticated thoughts on the threats of global terrorism,’ Scheer began, ‘He told Americans that it was super important to invest in ‘investigative national security stuff.”
‘After abandoning the fight against ISIS and cutting our armed forces, can the Prime Minister tell Canadians what kind of ‘stuff’ he’s investigating and how he plans on keeping those positive vibes coming to keep us out of a bad space?’ The conservative side of the House basically reacted like their guy had just dropped some sick rhymes at a rap battle. This was basically Canadian Hamilton.
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But Trudeau was not about to let that stand. He clapped right back. Spicy as ever. This wasn’t like his subtle Trump shade, this was next level.
‘I’m glad the Leader of the Opposition’s new duties haven’t kept him from his daytime TV-watching’ Trudeau rapped (not really, but it felt like it) to a resounding ‘ooooooh’ from the Liberal side.
That got the whole room talking so loud that the Speaker of the House had to call ‘order’ and quiet the ‘party mood.’ That didn’t stop Scheer from getting in one final dig though.
‘Well, Mr. Speaker, after a week of avoiding me, [daytime TV] was the only place I could find him,’ he said. Cue another Conservative standing O.
After that the discussion got back on track with a question about the Finance Minister raising taxes. Business as usual.
When Scheer was elected as the Conservative leader, people called him ‘Stephen Harper with a smile.’ We’ve never been this impressed by a Stephen Harper burn (if such a thing exists). We’re going to have to give this win to Scheer. Who said Canadian politics were boring?