Favoritism, yes Trudeau has this as his favorite hobby. One notable controversy involving favoritism was the “SNC-Lavalin affair” that emerged in 2019.
Trudeau and his government were accused of putting pressure on the then-Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene in a criminal case against the Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin, allegedly for political reasons. Trudeau faced criticism for potentially interfering in the independent judicial process and showing favoritism towards a prominent corporation.
But, there is one famous case where his favoritism reigns supreme, his own cabinet. Well, when it comes to favoritism and placing his own pawns in influential posts, Trudeau knows exactly how to do it.
As of today, there are three friends of Justin Trudeau who hold a large swath of power. From babysitters to school friends and college buddies, Trudeau’s cabinet, and government have many names of those who have been family friends.
Starting with Trudeau’s babysitter, Dominic LeBlanc, who still babysits the 51-year-old boy, but that’s a different talk. LeBlanc, 47, has been appointed Government House leader. Simply put, Trudeau trusts him. Expect to see a lot of the affable Acadian in the coming months as the Liberal government tries to shepherd a raft of legislation through Parliament while revamping the way the institution itself works.
When Trudeau was a kid, LeBlanc used to babysit him at the PM’s Residence at Parliament Hill.
Their fathers had known each other during Quebec’s student movement in the 1950s. Their mothers – both of whom ultimately separated from their political spouses – became close friends in the 1970s and remain so. When Pierre Trudeau took his sons on a trip to Atlantic Canada in the summer of 1979, he stayed with the LeBlancs.
Now, the second revelation, Seamus O’Regan. Regan was appointed to the cabinet on August 28, 2017, as the minister of veterans affairs and on January 14, 2019, was made the minister of Indigenous services, vacating his previous post.
Trudeau gave his college friend a new political push after he returned from rehab in 2017. Third is Marc Miller, his relationship with Trudeau is well known. The two met at Montreal’s private Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf. The pair traveled abroad together.
On his campaign website, Miller vaunts his connections to the Liberal leader—he was the adviser and fundraising director for Trudeau’s leadership campaign.
Oh, not to mention, the names of Gerald Butts and Katie Telford play central roles as Mr. Trudeau’s government is quickly put to the test on a number of policy fronts, including the country’s future as an energy power.
These two have played a crucial role in the decision by TransCanada Corp. to suspend its Keystone XL pipeline application adding to the uncertainty surrounding the industry.
So ya, Trudeau has always been like that. Favoritism at its peak.
Trudeau’s cabinet resembles a gathering of old buddies more than a team chosen on merit. It seems that in his world, nepotism and cronyism trump competence and fair play. While democracy may be ideal, Trudeau’s version is more like a high school clique, where loyalty and personal connections matter more than qualifications and expertise.
It’s time for a wake-up call, Trudeau. Your role as prime minister is not about playing favorites; it’s about serving the people and making decisions that benefit the entire nation, not just your childhood buddies.
So, to all the babysitters, school friends, and college buddies who have found their way into Trudeau’s cabinet, it’s time to step aside and let qualified individuals take charge. It’s time to redefine what it means to serve in public office and restore faith in the democratic process.