Trudeau has become a hot topic of conversation again today, after being confronted by a fellow volunteer at a flood zone near Ottawa this weekend.
The video below shows a volunteer berate Prime Minister Trudeau for "holding up" volunteer efforts at the site due to the taking of photographs.
Trudeau handled the confrontation in his usual fashion - he remained calm and talked a lot about listening to each other. While some people were impressed with the PM's handling of the situation, others are on side with the irate volunteer.
TL;DR Trudeau has been getting some flak for his presence at a flood zone near Ottawa this weekend after another volunteer called the PM out for holding up sandbagging efforts. Video below.
A volunteer confronted Justin Trudeau over holding up Ottawa sandbag efforts for a "photo-op." Read more:… https://t.co/BQj0SlwzuF— CBC News (@CBC News)1556396986.0
The video above shows the volunteer calling out Trudeau for holding up the sandbagging process at the work site where RCMP volunteers were also present. Trudeau made an appearance to help out but also to be "briefed by emergency management officials," according to the CBC.
Reactions have been divided, as is the general opinion of the Prime Minister.
@karenmccrimmon @JustinTrudeau @PeeweeWcw Trudeau should of left his sons at home, not hinder the operations where… https://t.co/ToUrHm3q8b— flang (@flang)1556543659.0
@TorontoStar Just stay out of the way @JustinTrudeau , let the grownups get the work done. I’m sure you find anoth… https://t.co/qj5qmIFvTb— Truth for Canadians (@Truth for Canadians)1556543273.0
While many people, like those above, agreed with the volunteer, it has since come to light that Trudeau's appearance didn't really hold up the volunteer efforts. The RCMP made a statement, which was shared on Twitter, that no trucks had been blocked by the PM's presence.
With this information, more people were on-side with Trudeau's presence at the volunteer site, though there was still some criticism.
(Because there's always something to criticize, duh!)
Others were more critical of the irate volunteer, who it could be argued did some "holding up" of his own by going off on the PM.
@DougDean81 @WeAreCanProud @JustinTrudeau He didn't speak his mind he stood there and berated our PrimeMinister in… https://t.co/fd5W7OLK4r— reb B-H 🇨🇦🌊 (@reb B-H 🇨🇦🌊)1556543471.0
@CBCNews Our Prime Minister handled him with class. The man was extremely rude and did not display any listening ability.— Nancy Nicholls (@Nancy Nicholls)1556405337.0
As I mentioned above, Trudeau seems very good at diffusing tense confrontations like the one seen above, so much of the reactions were just people being impressed with Trudeau managing to keep his cool in the face of the disgruntled volunteer.
@Sailorchronos @WeAreCanProud @JustinTrudeau BTW our prime minister's job is to take photo ops speak to the media &… https://t.co/BDSmZc8eJ7— reb B-H 🇨🇦🌊 (@reb B-H 🇨🇦🌊)1556543818.0
Also, as the tweet notes above, politicians are expected to be present at emergency sites, not only to provide support but to also be briefed with information on the ground, as it is happening.
Trudeau is certainly not the first politician to be present at a flood zone in the past week or so.
Belle mobilisation de nos élus ce matin pour prêter main forte aux bénévoles et cols bleus qui travaillent sans rel… https://t.co/lYfLkVjvkr— Valérie Plante (@Valérie Plante)1556468860.0
It's also silly to think that the Prime Minister would be present amongst all these volunteers and that the volunteers themselves wouldn't be hoping to get a photo with Trudeau while he was in their midst. Seems that would be expected.
So what do you think? Was Trudeau justified in being present at the flood zone site? Was the volunteer right in calling him out? And how do you think the PM handled the whole situation?