Rolling Stone didn't make any attempt to hide its admiration for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who made the cover of the unabashedly left-wing magazine's latest issue Wednesday.
The cover headline asks — not to put too fine a point on it — "Why can't he be our president?"
Justin Trudeau appears on our cover. Is Canada's prime minister the free world's best hope? https://t.co/yLLLr6sGGI https://t.co/gZ4awM1HCm— Rolling Stone (@Rolling Stone) 1501070708.0
The headline above the online feature calls liberal Trudeau "the North Star" and wonders, "Is he the free world's best hope?"
Unsurprisingly, the piece compares Trudeau to U.S. President Donald Trump. Think the latter came close to matching Trudeau in Rolling Stone's eyes? Not on your life:
... Trump is defunding Planned Parenthood. Trudeau is firmly pro-choice; abortions are provided as part of Canada's universal health care. (We know Trump's position on that issue.) Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to roll back America's weed laws to Reefer Madness days. Over the border, Trudeau, who admits he smoked pot after being elected to Parliament, campaigned on legalizing it across Canada. Trump ditched the Paris environmental accord. Trudeau is urging American cities and states to work with their northern neighbors to cut emissions. The opioid crisis that Trudeau spoke of in his press conference? His government is fast-tracking safe-usage areas to cut down on overdoses, while America's opioid-related deaths have reached epidemic levels.
Not that the article doesn't point out Trudeau's flaws.
"He likes himself. A lot. (His critics call him "shiny pony.")," author Stephen Rodrick writes. "Once, before a boxing match that would make or kill his career ... he was caught babbling Obama-like about his personal destiny. His wife, Sophie, grabbed his arm, looked him in the eyes and said, 'Be humble.'"
As for Trudeau's take on his counterpart in Washington, D.C.?
"Obviously, I disagree [with Trump] on a whole bunch, but Canadians expect me to accomplish two things at the same time, which is emphasize where we disagree and stand up firmly for Canadian interests," Trudeau told Rolling Stone. "But we also have a constructive working relationship, and me going out of my way to insult the guy or overreact or jump at everything he says [that] we might disagree with is not having a constructive relationship."
Rodrick ended the piece in fawning fashion: "His land races toward inclusion, while our nation builds walls and lusts for an era of vanilla homogeneity that ain't coming back. At this moment, Justin Trudeau's Canada looks like a beautiful place to ride out an American storm."