Recently in Quebec’s Gatineau Park, a young family encountered the affable Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was shirtlessly leading his own family on a hike through the (clearly enchanted) forest. Yes, in addition to yoga and quantum computing, Trudeau finds time to traipse through the wild.
According to PTBO Canada, Jim and Arlene Godby, along with their two children, Charlotte and Alexander, were hiking past the park’s Lusk Cave when they heard a familiar and pleasant voice asking from within its walls: “This is the moment of truth. Do we stop here or continue?”
Shortly thereafter, Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, emerged from the water-filled cavern with their children and greeted the Godbys with their signature charm and charisma. Trudeau even posed for a selfie with 13-year-old Alexander Godby while Sophie encouraged the family to check out the natural wonder (the cave, not her husband).
Jim later told the Toronto Star that he was “struck” by the sound of the political leader’s voice. “It was just said with such an enthusiastic, joyful tone,” he recalls of the moment, adding that “[Trudeau] was leading with enthusiasm and determination and seemed genuinely excited.”
It’s highly unlikely that such a similar encounter would ever occur in the United States, but perhaps out of principle, we should think about which presidential candidate would be less terrifying during a cave-side encounter.