Mayor of Coquitlam Richard Stewart has taken to social media defending the infamous, shirtless photo of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
— Marnie Recker Photo (@marnierecker) August 6, 2016
The Trudeau family was vacationing in Tofino over the weekend when they accidentally appeared in the background of a couple’s wedding photos. The Prime Minister wasn’t wearing a shirt, having just finished surfing.
Stewart says the amount of people who were bothered by the photo was ridiculous — posting his own shirtless picture on Facebook.
“It bothers me a little bit when things that everybody else does, people in public life aren’t allowed to do even when they’re on vacation. And we see that we have this double standard and it doesn’t matter what political party, when hes on vacation with his family he should be allowed to do as the rest of us do.”
Stewart says he, and any other public officials, often have to be conscious of their appearance during times when they should be able to relax.
“There certainly are times when you’re tempering your own attire, or you know you don’t want to wear jeans on the Saturday even though it’s your own kid’s soccer game. But when we’re on vacation, you know, I should be able to walk down a beach in Mexico or you know the Prime Minister should be able to walk on a beach in Vancouver Island without having to worry about making sure he’s more clothed than everybody else.”
What can people take away from this?
The mayor thinks that the public might want to consider humanizing their elected officials and appreciating their genuine moments. In other words, cut the guy some slack.
“I think we ought to, perhaps, ask our elected officials to be human… we ask them instead to have a thick skin and I really want our elected officials or people in public life to have a think skin…to be sensitive to the community but also to be human.”