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In praise of political fun…of a certain kind

By Lisa Van Dusen      

Today's world leaders appear to have very different tastes in what's fun and what isn't.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump during the G20 in Hamburg, Germany on July 7. Where Mr. Trudeau has embraced imaginative socks to burnish his personal image, Mr. Trump has leaned on off-colour remarks and wrestling memes, writes Lisa Van Dusen.
Denzel photograph courtesy of the German federal government

It’s only the first half of July and, already, Justin Trudeau is having the kind of awesome political summer that befits the lusted-after (per The Irish Times) leader of a newly hip (per The New York Times) and positive-influence exporting (per Ipsos) country, amid a gruesome global shortage of political fun. Trudeau went from presiding over the sodden but exuberant Canada 150 party on July 1 to jogging with Ireland’s gay-Tory-Trudeau Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

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