It seems even the Grey Cup wasn't immune to the #TrudeauEulogies backlash that permeated the news headlines and dogged the prime minister this weekend.
Before the 104th edition of the CFL final kicked off Sunday night, a video message from Trudeau was broadcast on the screens at Toronto's BMO field, where the Ottawa Redblacks faced off against the Calgary Stampeders. Trudeau is currently in Madagascar leading the Canadian delegation to the summit of la Francophonie.
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) November 27, 2016
"As we all know, anything can happen on Grey Cup Sunday,'' Trudeau said. "I'm looking forward to it like everyone else.''
Except the PM may not have been anticipating the barrage of boos from some fans that followed his message:
— Jacob (@6Crawler) November 27, 2016
Trudeau video plays at BMO field and is greeted with boos #GreyCup
— Lindsay Dunn (@LindsayDunnTV) November 27, 2016
Trudeau getting booed in the epicentre of Canada is my favourite thing ever #GreyCup
— Section O™ (@Section_O) November 27, 2016
TVO's Steve Paikin observed some additional criticism levelled at Trudeau from fans:
— Steve Paikin (@spaikin) November 27, 2016
At #GreyCup Justin Trudeau greeting just played to a crowd of boos. Post Castro or wrong audience?
— Jennifer Hollett (@jenniferhollett) November 27, 2016
Following news of Fidel Castro's death, Trudeau issued a statement in which he remembered the former Cuban leader as a friend of his father's, praised his educational programs, and called Castro "controversial." His statement was met with harsh criticism from politicians and mockery from the Twitterverse. On Sunday, the Prime Minister said that Castro was a dictator.
And on Grey Cup Sunday, boos happen, apparently.
With files from The Canadian Press