I would have the exact same response if REB were a man. This is not about gender it's about the NDP over-dramatizing what happened and using violence against women in a manner that damages women.
No, I think you believe that the sun shines out of Trudeau's asshole and you go berserk when anyone reproaches him for ANYTHING at all. Trudeau could declare himself a white supremacist and you would be here day in and day out faithfully parroting his talking points and being his apologist
Having grown up in a life of privilege Trudeau has no clue what life is like for the average Canadian. Even having a mother with undiagnosed bi-polar and dealing with his parents divorce in the public eye does not give him insight because wealth cushioned the experience for him. Had his family been poor, or even average, he would have been raised by a single mother with bi-polar and probably on welfare because of the lack of support. He talked big about mental health but has done nor said nothing to suggest mental health care will be included under medicare for real.
He thinks that trade deals are just great because they are for people of his class although he doesn't understand it in those terms. He believes that what benefits the economy benefits everyone. He accepts the general neoliberal framework and sees his duty as gentling the sharp edges not overthrowing it.
Trudeau's concern for the less priveleged smacks of noblesse oblige rather than responsibility (based on the exploitation of the 99% by the 1%).
All in all he is a pretty conventional politician except he is more honest and candid. He wasn't kidding when he said he is a retail politician.
What you don't understand is that the left won't win by attacking Trudeau's character or intelligence or anything else. All that does is cause people to jump to his defence, including former NDP supporters, because Trudeau is genuinely a good guy who means well and believes he is the best person to lead Canada out of the dark years of Harper. He's just a priveleged good guy who like most people understands life from the perspective of how they have experienced it and been raised.
He's not a demon. He's just wrong on a lot of issues.
As long as the NDP continues to attack him as a person the NDP numbers are going to stay down.
The NDP is now percieved as angry sore losers who are going to attack the Trudeau government over anything and everything in the hopes of landing a hit.
Trudeau has a massive "benefit of the doubt" bonus on everything he does. That is why this incident reads as Trudeau making a mistake based on his passion for defending the HoC from people trying to impede the workings of parliament and democracy by preventing a vote from taking place. The flip side is that the NDP is being understood as a party set on impeding progress because they didn't win. Like the Conservatives, they are willing to use every conceivable trick in the book to interfere with the democratic workings of parliament. Everything the NDP is doing is going to make Trudeau more and more popular. It is ironic that a decade of moving the NDP to the right to make it more electable is resulting in the NDP looking more like a redundant fringe party than ever before.
Trudeau may live in a bubble but he understands how to win friends and influence the general public. He is wrong, but for the right reasons from the perspective of character.
The NDP executive remains convinced that to win the party has to hug the centre only going as far left as they absolutely must to hold on to their base. It's just bad luck that they had to go against Trudeau. They see things like being against Energy East or trade deals as barriers to winning elections. For that reason they remain intent on trying to sully Trudeau's character more than his policies. The NDP is going to waste the next four years being reactive and attacking Trudeau's character. This will result in cementing the NDP's rep as sore loser wannabe Liberals while Trudeau's personal popularity will lead the Liberals to another majority in 2019.
It's not inevidable. Canadians are farther left than either the US or Britain so a Corbyn or Sanders is more likely to win here but the NDP executive is set on not going there. They will cynically accuse the Liberals and Conservatives as being poor negotiators rather than denouncing the entire frame work of modern trade deals. They will denounce EE as having insufficient environmental protections rather than pointing out there is no way to sufficiently protect the environment without astronomical safety measures that aren't economically fesible.
The traditional left is a morally superior hot mess that has no clue how to gain support. They fail when they take the righteous holier-than-thou approach and they fail when they try to use neoliberal style tactics.
I want to say go ahead and keep your mind closed and nose up in the air Stockholm but it isn't how I really feel. What I feel is completely discouraged. I see the beginnings of a path forward. I think that Canada could shoot past the nordic countries in creating a just society but it won't happen because people like you think you have all the answers and people like myself are unworthy of any respect.