As the leader of a country, you are undoubtedly subjected to a hefty amount of media attention. This means when you make a bit of a mess answering a simple question on camera, with the internet and social media, the whole world very quickly knows about it. Especially when the question is about Trudeau's plastic use.
The Prime Minister made headlines on Monday, by announcing that his government will ban single-use plastics, as early as 2021. While the details of the ban and what it will encompass has not yet been made clear, Trudeau told reporters that he was personally committed to the objective. A sentiment that would have been nice, if he’d had an answer in mind to the very simple follow up question: How?
During the news conference, Trudeau was asked by a reporter, "What do you and your family do to cut back on plastics?" The seemingly simple question appeared to throw Trudeau off-guard, and his response was as equally bizarre as it was hilarious.
He said “We have recently switched to drinking water bottles out of water out of — when we have water bottles out of a plastic … sorry … away from plastic, towards paper … like drink box water bottles sort of thing.” Naturally, it didn't take long for the awkward video to go viral on Twitter, and people weren't too impressed with the Prime Minister's gaffe.
A number of people online found it frustrating that Trudeau is planning to ban single-use plastics across the whole of Canada, while he is unable to coherently explain just one thing that he and his family are doing as individuals to cut back on their plastic uses. One user called on Trudeau to "practice what you preach!"
While many Canadians were pretty mad with Trudeau and his comments, others took to Twitter to poke fun at the situation, joking about paper water bottles and 'juice-box things'.
Whatever Prime Minister Trudeau was trying to say, it is likely he will have learned his lesson. Either way the ban is now underway.