Justin Trudeau, election night, Montreal, 2015:
“To this country’s friends all around the world, many of you have worried that Canada has lost its compassionate and constructive voice in the world. Well, I have a simple message for you. On behalf of 35 million Canadians: we’re back.”
Justin Trudeau, G7 Summit, Cornwall, 2021, speaking to a reporter:
“The impacts of this G7 will remain long after the newspapers you write for have been used to wrap fish.”
Ah, how far Icarus has fallen. When the newly minted prime minister burst on the scene, the world couldn’t get enough. From fawning Vogue covers to selfie-fests with foreign leaders, Canada’s golden boy held press and politicians in the palm of his hand. Even Ivanka Trump basked in his spotlight.