“Trudeau’s ‘patronising handshake’ in London part of interesting international media coverage” (The Ottawa Citizen)

Jason Fekete (The Ottawa Citizen):

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is garnering some, uh, interesting international media coverage so far on his six-day foreign trip to London, Paris and Malta – including analysis on his “patronising handshake” and one newspaper calling him “Jacques Trudeau.”

Trudeau hasn’t quite been the international media sensation like at the G20 and APEC summits last week.

He garnered limited media attention in London on Wednesday during his private audience with the Queen and bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, no doubt in part to Britain’s government delivering a major autumn financial statement and spending review the same day.

London’s Daily Mail newspaper did cover the Cameron-Trudeau bilateral meeting, with a story under a blaring headline: “The Prime Minister who made Cameron look old… and gave him a patronising handshake when the pair met outside Number Ten.”

It followed with several subheads:

  • Prime Minister David Cameron met Canada’s Justin Trudeau in London
  • Mr. Trudeau, 43, went for double-handed ‘politician’s handshake’ greeting
  • This is seen by some psychologists as potentially implying false sincerity
  • Had talks with Mr Cameron, 49, on economy, terrorism and climate change


Once Trudeau arrived in Malta for the Commonwealth summit, The Malta Independent newspaper introduced the Canadian prime minister at “Jacques Trudeau.”

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