ROYAL UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in critical condition after eating a light dinner at an undisclosed University of Saskatchewan restaurant during a Jan. 25 visit to campus.
Shortly after starting a town hall meeting on issues facing Canada at the Dubé Theatre, a visibly gaunt and anemic Trudeau collapsed mid-answer while discussing carbon taxes. He was quickly rushed to Saskatoon’s Royal University Hospital where he is currently on life support.
Trudeau’s press secretary Lars Anholt told the Sheaf that the prime minister’s choice to eat on the U of S campus was motivated by an attempt at relatability.
“Mr. Trudeau felt that the soup of the day would provide a wonderful opportunity to dine amongst real, everyday students and hear their concerns directly,” Anholt said. “Were the prime minister conscious right now I’m guessing he would express regret over his decision.”
The prime minister’s collapse has been characterized as weak by his political opponents, with Conservative Party interim leader Rona Ambrose calling it “feckless.”
“What we have here is a shameful example of poor leadership,” Ambrose said. “Prime Minister Harper dined at the U of S several times throughout his terms and never required more than a couple of hours to recover. I can only imagine how this makes our country look on the world stage.”
At the time of print, Deputy Prime Minister Duff Skeeter is preparing to take the oath of office.