"He was raised in jet-set privilege but overcame tragedy to become Canada's prime minister. Is he the free world's best hope?"
The Rolling Stone profile of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn't as sweet as pure Canadian maple syrup. Stephen Rodrick, the profile's author, covered a lot of what 60 Minutes showed in March 2016 with added details about Trudeau's childhood.
We got recent stories including the Omar Khadr settlement and the future marijuana legalization legislation. Rodrick followed Trudeau to Fredericton, New Brunswick. The province doesn't get much coverage in Canada much less the United States.
Rodrick mentioned his Canadian wife in the article. Rodrick noted on Twitter that he is moving to Vancouver in January.
Rodrick contrasts Trudeau to Donald Trump in a rather sarcastic fashion. "His words are coherent and will not need to be run through Google Translate when he is done (except if you want to translate his French into English)."
"Justin Trudeau is trying to Make Canada Great Again. He is using, let us say, different methods."
The better comparison might be to former U.S. President Barack Obama in which outside countries have a much different impression than those in their home country. Having leaders that are welcomed on the outside is a great thing to have in our shrinking world, provided things are good at home.
There were a few startling copy editing mistakes in the original article, such as the "Royal Canadian Mountain Police" and Trudeau leading the "Liberty Party." If you didn't get to the article until after the corrections were made. Examples can be found here. I could have been hired as a freelance copy editor to save that embarrassment.
In an era where long stories are not always read, take some time this weekend to give this a full read. You can find the whole story here.
photo credit: Martin Schoeller for Rolling Stone