Trudeau meets Trump
1. They pulled off unexpected election victories after being discounted by rivals and pundits.
Pollsters in both countries failed to predict Mr Trudeau and Mr Trump’s upsets, and both party leaders were seen as celebrity lightweights by rivals.
It is a similarity not lost on Mr Trudeau.
In a 16 December interview with a Montreal radio show host, the prime minister revealed he touched on that “common ground” during his congratulatory phone call to Mr Trump following the US election.
“He and I had a conversation about being knocked around by the media because, present company excluded, that’s the experience that I’d had for years of people just slamming me and saying ‘he’d never become prime minister,'” Mr Trudeau said.
2. They embrace politics in the social media age.
The prime minister and the president-elect both use social media for their political ends.
Mr Trudeau and his team know a charming photo opportunity of the photogenic prime minister, from shirtless selfies to yoga poses, can go viral and bolster his popularity at home and abroad.
He has leveraged social media as a tool to sell his brand of progressive cool to the world.
While Mr Trudeau has a healthy Twitter following for a world leader, with nearly 2.4m followers (and over 830,000 on Instagram), his influence on the platform is dwarfed by Mr Trump’s 19.7m followers.
He has, however, promised to be more restrained in his Twitter antics after being sworn-in 20 January.
3. They promised to change the way politics is done.
Mr Trump vowed during the campaign he would “drain the swamp”, a catch-all promise for his supporters who see of Washington as a cesspool of lobbyists, corruption, and waste.
During the 2015 Canadian election, Mr Trudeau said his predecessor, former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, “turned Ottawa into a partisan swamp” during his near decade in power.
Mr Trudeau promised to put an end to partisanship and patronage in Ottawa, to usher in a more transparent and receptive government, and to make question period respectful again.
The two have faced critics who say those promises were quick to fall by the wayside.
4. They harkened to the past in their pitch to voters.
The two politicians pressed some very powerful nostalgia buttons as they campaigned to lead their countries.
Mr Trump’s inescapable campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again”, borrowed from former US president Ronald Reagan’s 1980 race, looked back to a time when voters felt there was more prosperity and opportunity in the United States and when their nation garnered respect on the world stage.
Mr Trudeau was more subtle, though his campaign was woven through with a thread of nostalgia, from a promise to recommit troops to overseas peacekeeping efforts to a foreign policy return to when Canadians thought the world saw the country as its good neighbour.
After winning the election, Mr Trudeau and his MPs made “Canada is back” one of their favourite catchphrases.
5. They followed in their fathers’ footsteps.
Fred Trump, the first New York real estate magnate in the Trump family, started a million dollar residential real estate business in Brooklyn and Queens.
The Donald learned the business from his father, switching from building low-income housing in New York City’s outer-boroughs to luxury towers in downtown Manhattan.
Justin Trudeau grew up surrounded by politics and was once toasted by former US President Richard Nixon, who predicted the young boy would one day become prime minister like his father Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Trudeau senior served as in that role from 1968 to 1979 and again from 1980 to 1984, becoming one of Canada’s most recognisable leaders.
and the surreal parade continues..
interesting article showing what they have in common..its only skin deep..