U.N. Confidential

Canadians are still puzzling over PM Trudeau's U.N. speech last week, in which he wallowed gravely in Canada's own "difficulties" with Indigenous people. We need to acknowledge "the terrible mistakes of the past," said he. Nonsense, responded Prof Pam Palmater, among others. "He's trying to save face. He's trying to make sure he gets on the Security Council." Fair enough. Yet is there not something more profound at work in the PM's strategy—something that borrows from the confessional, relentlessly apologetic, no-distinction-between-public-and-private zeitgeist of our times? How do you lead one of the world's most successful countries without calling attention to the fact? Wear wacky socks—and a hair-shirt.