Whenever Trudeau becomes embroiled in a scandal, the Liberals spin it into something positive: the SNC-Lavalin issue was about saving jobs, the blackface embarrassment was a 'learning opportunity,' the WE Charity scandal resulted from trying to help young people.
Whenever Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured July 8, 2020, at a press conference in the West Block, becomes ensnared in some thorny scandal, he always seems to somehow extricate himself, suffering barely a scratch, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
OAKVILLE, ONT.—Whenever Prime Minister Justin Trudeau becomes ensnared in some thorny scandal, he always seems to somehow extricate himself, suffering barely a scratch.
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