Rolling Stone's cover featuring Justin Trudeau asks "Why can't he be our president?"

By Lindsay Kimble
July 27, 2017 12:02 PM
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Credit: OTTAWA, ON - JULY 01: Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau watches Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill during a 3 day official visit by the Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall to Canada on July 1, 2017 in Ottawan, Canada. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The leader of the Great White North is mugging on the new cover of Rolling Stone – but many Canadians aren’t exactly pleased with the magazine’s take on their prime minister.

Alongside the posed image of Justin Trudeau on the publication’s August 10th issue, text reads, “Why can’t he be our president?”

It’s true that the prime minister has been well-received in America, from his bromance with former President Barack Obama to his adorable family, but Canadians aren’t buying the “laudatory tone,” according to the country’s National Post.

The Post reported that among the praise of Trudeau’s good looks, there were factual errors – which have since been corrected – like incorrectly calling the Royal Canadian Mounted Police the Mountain Police, and naming the prime minister’s party as the Liberty Party, rather than Liberal.

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In a Globe and Mail opinion piece, author Andrew MacDougall pointed out that by positioning Trudeau as the anti-Trump, Rolling Stone and its subject could potentially jeopardize the upcoming NAFTA renegotiations.

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Both Canadians and Americans have taken to Twitter to issue their grievances with the magazine’s profile – some humorously, and some with disappointment.

Wrote one, “I voted for him and I find this cover massively cringe-inducing.”

The profile’s author, Stephen Rodrick, playfully responded to critiques on Twitter, writing, “Man, don’t tell all these angry Canadians that I’m moving to Vancouver in January!”