OTTAWA — Conservative Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais took a jab at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Thursday, sharing a video of himself wrapping a Christmas gift for the Liberal leader: a box of tissues.
"I'm going to wrap my gift for the prime minister," Dagenais says as he folds red wrapping paper over a Kleenex box. "I think he's going to need it," states the Quebec senator, appointed by former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper.
His Thursday tweet said he found a humourous way to wish the prime minister a Merry Christmas.
For the past two weeks, the Quebec media has been consumed with Trudeau's tears. The Journal de Montreal nicknamed him "Madeleine Trudeau " after judging that he had cried like "like a Madeleine," as he apologized to the LGBTQ2 community in late November.
"Crying like a Madeleine," is a French expression based on a biblical reference to Mary Magdalene, used to describe someone who cries excessively or for unworthy reasons.
The Montreal tabloid said the prime minister has cried at least six times in the past two years.
The prime minister also cried as he apologized to Newfoundland residential school survivors on Nov. 24. Four days later, Trudeau wiped away tears in the House of Commons after delivering a formal apology to LGBTQ2 civil servants who were discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation.
"It is our collective shame that you were so mistreated," Trudeau said in his address to hundreds of civil servants. "We were wrong. We apologize."
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