Justin Trudeau just smacked down a PPC supporter and even haters are impressed
An interaction between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a People's Party of Canada (PPC) supporter is making rounds on social media after even critics praised the politician for "schooling" the man.
Trudeau paid a visit to the University of Manitoba's Fort Garry campus on Wednesday to meet with students, highlight budget measures, and tour the school's engineering lab.
A video filmed by Reddit user @NoahFromCanada shows the two-minute conversation between the Prime Minister and the PPC supporter, which ranged in topics from dental care to abortion rights.
In the beginning, Trudeau and the man discuss dental care for low-income families.
"You don't think low-income families should have access to dental care?" Trudeau asked.
"I think they should," the man reveals.
"You think they should? Well, Pierre Poilievre and the Conservative party voted against that. So, already you see the party you support doesn't support that," Trudeau responds.
At the UofM campus, a confused PPC supporter tries to confront Justin Trudeau for being pro-choice.— TheMayor.TV (@tMayor_McCheese) April 13, 2023
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The man then shares that he's not a Conservative party supporter, and aligns more with the PPC.
"More PPC? Okay, so why's that? Why are you PPC?" Trudeau asks.
The man responds that he aligns more with Christian values, and is against the vaccine mandate.
"Okay, so mostly Christian. So you don't think we should be supporting Muslims?" Trudeau replies.
"No, I think we should support everyone," the man says before stating that he's against abortion.
"Do you think women should have the right to choose what happens to their own bodies?" Trudeau asks, after which the man replies "personally, no."
"Do you think you should be able to choose what happens to a woman's body?" Trudeau presses the PPC supporter.
"I think if they're sleeping around they shouldn't be allowed to abort the baby, personally," the man replies.
Originally, the man states that he's "pro-choice" before correcting himself and maintaining that he's pro-life.
"You don't think a woman should be able to make choices what they do with their bodies?" the Prime Minister asks, to which the man responds "with abortion, no, personally, no."
Trudeau then asks the man if a woman who is raped should be able to get an abortion, and the man admits "that's where it gets complicated."
"No, it doesn't get complicated, it's a yes or no. It's an all-too-common example. Women get raped all the time and it's something we have to take seriously. Should a woman who was raped be able to get an abortion?" Trudeau claps back.
The man then admits that he's split "50-50" on the situation.
"Well, it sounds like you need to do a little more thinking, and a little more praying on that as well," Trudeau said before patting the man on the shoulder and walking away.
Even critics commended Trudeau for respectfully "educating" the young man, crediting the Prime Minister's patience on his past career as a teacher.
This kid really thought he was about to do something very clever indeed, with his phone out recording that interaction. Instead he got quite summarily schooled.— Heather Hughson 🇺🇦 (@HNHughson) April 13, 2023
One person even admitted that watching the video was the first time they liked Trudeau.
This is honestly the first time I've actually liked Trudeau, but he was spot on and it was beautiful 👏— therealmhordaan (@mhordaan) April 14, 2023
Many respondents credited the Prime Minister for his engagement with the man, who appeared to be "confused" about his values.
That was incredible. I love the dialogue and engagement by PMJT.— Sabina Vohra-Miller (@SabiVM) April 13, 2023
Very curious about these ‘women who sleep around’ - do they sleep around by *themselves*? It takes two to tango, dear sweet ignorant child.
Others applauded Trudeau for staying engaged in the conversation, despite the man repeatedly moving the "goalposts."
Good for him not allowing this young man to move the goalposts, kept him on one topic at a time, and he listened. This is leadership, something that will forever elude @PierrePoilievre— Mr. Cheevous 🧀😼🇨🇦🇺🇦🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️🐳 (@BATitaniumMan) April 13, 2023
One person noted that the young man seemed to benefit from the conversation.
And the PM was respectful and simply spoke to the young man who clearly benefitted from the exchange. He admits he needs to look at things a little closer. Voters need to be clear on what they believe.— Gisele Regimbal (@RegimbalGisele) April 13, 2023
Another person asserted that no matter which political party you align with, everyone can agree that Trudeau handled the situation well.
Doesn't matter which way you lean on a political spectrum - this is the way a leader should engage with the voters.— Walton (@StevenGWalton) April 13, 2023
Not block, gaslight and run away.
Trudeau is set to make several other stops while in Winnipeg, including a meeting with trade workers, as well as a Passover celebration with the city's Jewish community.
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