Who among us hasn't justified a spectacularly bad-for-you treat while on vacation?
We all know calories don't count when you're a tourist. Or during the holidays. Or after 10 p.m. Or when you're tired. Or on, um, a Monday...
Well, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to know what's what, anyway. Trudeau — who is currently in Beijing to talk trade and tourism with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang — may not have been able to announce the start of formal free trade talks, but his tourism pitch was A+.
At today's tourism panel, I may have said meals eaten by tourists in Canada contain zero calories. I stand by this assertion - come see for yourself! 🇨🇦🇨🇳— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 4, 2017
At a panel discussion Monday that touched on Canadian tourism draws (including beer and wine, reportedly), Trudeau joked that meals eaten by tourists in Canada "contain zero calories."
"I stand by this assertion — come see for yourself," Trudeau tweeted Sunday night (Monday morning in Beijing).
Some Twitter users responded to Trudeau's tweet with enthusiastic agreement.
Yup. Zero! 😆 pic.twitter.com/HOYZLNOrUa— Vicky Lai 🦄 🤘 💙 (@hivickylai) December 4, 2017
Vacation food is ALWAYS fat free 😉😉😉— Lisa Flower (@lisamflower) December 4, 2017
I have definitely visited Montreal for no calorie meals 😏— elizabethreadsalot (@elizabethreadsa) December 4, 2017
While others were a little more realistic.
What did you give them bottled water LOL— canadian gal (@LaurieCanadian) December 4, 2017
snow! snow for everyone!— Sam 🌊Blue Wave (@SamJanBiscuit) December 4, 2017
I wish those Nanaimo bars were 0 calories!— Birgit Nazarian (@birkirstin) December 4, 2017
Next year is the China-Canada Year Of Tourism, an initiative intended to build closer ties between the two countries. More than 610,000 Chinese tourists visited Canada in 2016, according to the Government of Canada's China-Canada Year of Tourism web page.
"We're ready to welcome record numbers of Chinese visitors, and Canadian tourism operators are ready to show off all the excitement and adventure that our country has to offer," boasts the web page.
With foodie culture growing in China (45 per cent now consider themselves "adventurous foodies," according to a 2016 survey), Trudeau may be onto something with his "zero calories" pitch.
Trudeau doesn't hide his own love of food. He's revealed that his favourite food is sushi, and that he prefers beer over wine, and on a recent trip to the Philippines he took selfies with fans while ordering some fried chicken (we can relate to one of these actions).
Well, he may be a lot more relatable with this latest tweet, but can we really trust someone who admits he doesn't drink coffee?
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