Dean Del Mastro, the parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister, said on Facebook last month that it was “outrageous” the Catholic school board in Peterborough, Ont. had invited Trudeau to speak for a second time in three years.
Mr. Dean Del Mastro, it's on me:
Even if I gave you the complete benefit of the doubt, your comments still sound ridiculous, elitist and condescending.
I will presume you were sincere, kind and really care that because he does not live out his faith (to your satisfaction), he is therefore disqualified from speaking at this Catholic event.
It was the Catholic School Board who invited Mr. Trudeau. Secondly, the purpose was to inspire children. He is not speaking in front of the Pope at a mass on the subject of the Trinity. I hope you see the difference in scope.
If imperfection was a disqualifier for speaking Mr. Del Mastro, then neither you or anyone would ever be able to speak at any event. On the subject of inspiring children for international service and leadership I would look for the following qualities:
-demonstrating like character in his own life (on the subject at hand)
-posture/attitude of growing in personal faith (again, not perfection)
Despite disagreeing with Mr. Trudeau's political views, he clearly demonstrates the above qualities. Therefore, he is a great choice (and perhaps Mr. Kenny too!).
Mr. Trudeau, accusations are a dime a dozen. I encourage you to dust off his comments and surround yourself with people who are encouraging you to go to that event and are proud of your journey in your faith.
For what it's worth, on behalf of right leaning, clear thinkers: I am sorry for the condescending comments from our camp. Go have a great time at your event and let us know how it went!
Mr. Del Mastro, what is more important to you...being right and breaking relationship while losing credibility (Mr. Trudeau was quoted as saying he does not value your words), or building relationship and using that influence to speak into another's life? I submit Mr. Del Mastro, the latter should be. If you are about 'making call's' on the Catholic faith...I think loving your neighbour ranks miles higher then 'being right' on such a matter (I'm not Catholic, so I'm only guessing). If so, Mr. Del Mastro, would you kindly reconsider your point of focus?
With that being said, I think we can all learn a lesson from this drama-fest. Focus on building relationships, not on being right...unless the person is in imminent danger. I have found when you build relationships where the other person perceives you care and value them...then you have a place to discuss such matters...until then, I have found it's best to: