This famous moment came up during lunch today at work and I had to share it with everyone. The response, “just watch me” from Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau has become lore in Canada but there is more to this particular interview than meets the eye. Notice how Trudeau is not reciting pre-written talking points. He is actually having a conversation with the reporter, and the reporter is actually having a conversation with Trudeau.
The line lasts seconds. But this seven minute exchange between the Prime Minister and a journalist contains the thoughts of the government, the concerns of the citizens and the overall approach of Trudeau himself. It is not a stage for Trudeau to sell a particular angel to Canadians. It is not a gotcha moment for the reporter (although the “just watch me” line did make headlines across the country). It was an exchange. And one that Canadians do not have the benefit of getting from politicians today.
Yes, I think the society must take every means at its disposal to defend itself against the emergence of a parallel power which defies the elected power in this country and I think that goes to any distance. So long as there is a power in here which is challenging the elected representative of the people I think that power must be stopped and I think it’s only, I repeat, weak-kneed bleeding hearts who are afraid to take these measures.
There is no such thing as a model or ideal Canadian. What could be more absurd than the concept of an “all Canadian” boy or girl? A society which emphasizes uniformity is one which creates intolerance and hate.
Since Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau advocated multiculturalism in the 1970s, immigration in Canada has risen and crime has plummeted. Foreign-born residents make up some 20 percent of the populace—and a disproportionate number of these immigrants live in large cities such as Toronto, where crime has fallen 50 percent in the last 20 years. Keep reading …