We learned yesterday that Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, Prime Minister Trudeau’s partner, needs taxpayer help. Should this be a surprise? I mean, like all the wives of Prime Ministers, she has to be by her husband’s side on numerous public and diplomatic occasions — and thus her need for two nannies.
Now, however, we learn Gregoire Trudeau is called upon for more than simply standing prettily by her husband and displaying Canadian fashion.
We learn, for example, that Canadians and Canadian organizations, particularly charities, are requesting her presence, either as a supporter of a cause or to give a speech.
This is not surprising given her media savvy background and the fact that her husband is the Prime Minister. But, that’s the key: given her media savvy background. In other words, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau is no ordinary PM’s wife. She is a celebrity in her own right, particularly in Quebec.
Yes, I know, she wasn’t elected. So what? She is married to someone who was elected and now, because of his election, combined with her own abilities, needs help with the demands on her time.
No big deal, right? Wrong. It seems to some it is a very big deal.
Read this column by Daniel Leblanc in the Globe and Mail. While Leblanc carefully explains why she needs help, take a look at the couple of hundred comments under the column. I gave up after about thirty because all were petty and whiny beyond belief.
- She was not elected.
- She should say no more often.
- She should just ignore the requests.
- She is no different than any other politician’s wife.
Look, as regular readers know, I am no fan of this Liberal Government, but for heavens sake, Gregoire Trudeau should be supported for wanting to do the right thing by those writing and phoning her.
Yes, I know, if her husband was not PM she wouldn’t be getting all the invitations. But, he is. Yet, the invitations are NOT coming to them as a couple. Rather, they are coming to her because of who she is as an individual.
The crux of the matter is then, that since Sophie Gregoire Trudeau finds herself having to serve the Canadian public in her own right, while her husband is PM, she should have all the taxpayer funded nannies and staff she requires to do so effectively.
Colloquially speaking — suck it up!
Update: Friday, May 13th, 2016 — Women in the opposition, both Conservative and NDP are saying Gregoire Trudeau is “out of touch with ordinary struggles” (H/T NewsWatchCanada). Of course, she is out of touch with ordinary struggles. The Trudeaus are not ordinary, not now, not ever.
Yes, I know, life can be hectic. As the saying goes, been there and done that. But, none of us are in the same kind of public service situation as Gregoire Trudeau, including those with spouses who are elected representatives, be they in federal, provincial or municipal governments.
A little history. As this Wikipedia link shows, in 1985, a year after Brian Mulroney was elected, he and Mila had a son, Nicolas. That fact is very telling because I have read that she had a taxpayer funded government office with three assistants.
Sound familiar? Yes, I know, Laureen Harper managed with 3 staffers but her children were already in school when Mr. Harper won his first mandate in January 2006. The reality is that, just like the Mulroney’s, the Trudeau’s have a very active toddler.
As I said in my post, just get on with providing Gregoire Trudeau the taxpayer funded help she requires.
In the meantime, I would ask the female opposition MPs commenting on this issue to please stop the petty backbiting! The truth is, no matter what the context, women are notorious for slagging their own gender when they decide “she” doesn’t know her place.