If Justin Trudeau’s big win surprised political watchers at home, it shocked casual observers around the world. Morning-after coverage focused on the Liberal’s unexpected majority – what the New York Times called a “stunning rout by Trudeau” in a front page headline.
The Wall Street Journal’s front page noted the role Canada’s softening economy played in the campaign, pointing out that Stephen Harper’s “claim to economic stewardship was tarnished by a recent commodities-driven economic slump.”
However, much of the foreign coverage focused on what could be a second wave of Trudeaumania. In an online introduction to Canada’s new prime minister, NBC News exclaimed “Meet Justin Trudeau: Canada’s Liberal, Boxing, Strip-Teasing New PM,” accompanied by a shirtless picture of Trudeau at a boxing weigh-in.
Even the venerable BBC couldn’t ignore Trudeau’s pseudo-celebrity status. Under the straight-laced headline of “Canada’s Liberals sweep to power” ran “’Pretty boy’ has last laugh.”
ABC’s Good Morning America noted the beginnings of a new political dynasty, running extensive footage of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Online, ABC’s headline was “Son of Late PM … Becomes Canada’s new PM.”
WATCH: International reaction to Justin Trudeau’s win in the 2015 Federal Election was positive…but, maybe not like you’d expect. We take a look at some of the best (and funniest) headlines from across the globe.
“WOAH, CANADA!” exclaimed conservative broadcaster Fox News, in a headline that seemed to lament Canada’s turn to the left.
Above all else, American political commentators seemed to revel in Canadian’s fatigue with the longest election campaign in modern history. The Washington Post pointed out that when the Canadian election started, the U.S. already had two Republican presidential candidates who had been campaigning for 19 months, with another 12 months left until voting day.
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