BONOKOSKI: No apology or regrets for not putting polish to a perceived turd
August 17, 2018
August 17, 2018 4:14 PM EDT
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau works the crowd as he attends the the International Balloon Festival in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., on Thursday, August 16, 2018.Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS
Unlike most Canadians, stereotyped to the point of mockery for immediately apologizing for just about anything, Melissa Robichaud has no regrets over calling our prime minister a “piece of s—.”
Few should blame her.
We have a prime minister in Justin Trudeau who loves drama and the sound of his own voice, who loves any mirror that reflects his image, and who will shamelessly insert himself into any narrative where political points can be scored by him playing the role of a compassionate knight in shining armor.
He seems to love life when it has a soap opera feel to it, especially when he can well up with tears to steal the scene.
As prime ministers go, he’s a great dramatic actor.
A week ago Friday was a hellish day for the New Brunswick capital of Fredericton. Two of its police officers, Robb Costello and Sara Burns, were murdered while responding to a gun call that had already left two civilians dead, Bobbie Lee Wright and Donnie Robichaud.
Melissa Robichaud is Donnie Robichaud’s widow, the mother of their two young sons, and estranged since December after 16 years of marriage.
What ticked off Robichaud was the fact that Justin Trudeau left her off his grief list when he flew to Fredericton last Sunday to pay public tribute at city hall to the two fallen police officers.
In fact, he did not reach out to Robichaud until three days had passed, in a phone call, where he purportedly told her he would have visited her personally if he had not been tied up meeting with the families of the downed police.
Robichaud’s response was to say, “So what?”
“Honestly I just lost my husband and my kids have just lost their father,” Robichaud told the Canadian Press. “My son put it on Facebook how hurt he was that (Trudeau) was in town and he couldn’t even find a phone number to call and give his condolences or anything like that.”
Which is why, three days later when Trudeau finally did call, Melissa Robichaud called him a “piece of s—.”
Victim’s widow says she called Trudeau ‘piece of s—‘ during call
She has no regrets, of course.
“If he was here, I would say it again to his face,” she said.
A full regimental funeral was held Saturday to “celebrate the lives” of the two gunned-down Fredericton police officers. The body of Donnie Robichaud has already been cremated, with no visitation and no funeral held.
“It’s what he asked for, what we talked about,” said his widow. “He didn’t want a funeral, he wanted nothing to do with church.”
As reported by Global, the Prime Minister’s Office was ‘wary” of commenting on any details surrounding their leader’s contact with the families of Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.
“The Prime Minister reached out personally to offer his condolences to the families of the victims,” the PMO said. “We cannot imagine what they are going through.”
That would now appear to be obvious.
Melissa Robichaud has admitted she has no love for Justin Trudeau, but there is a growing number of Canadians who likely share the same thought.
It is getting harder and harder, in fact, to give Justin Trudeau the benefit of sincerity when he is so often over-the-top.
The death from cancer of Tragically Hip front man Gord Downie was certainly a sad moment, for example, but Trudeau’s breaking down in tears came across as a little too scripted and therefore contrived.
But the spotlight was on, and when Justin Trudeau sees a spotlight, he cannot stop himself from stepping in.
Bottom line, he should have stuck with teaching drama rather than entering politics to practice it.