It was a night of nationalism and celebration. Captivating. Amazing. Inspirational. Those are some of the words people around the world have used to describe Gord Downie and the final Tragically Hip concert.
But, I also saw comments like this, “Watched it right up until Gord endorsed Trudeau, and turned it off instantly!”
These comments are likely referring to Gord Downie’s praise or perhaps challenge towards our prime minister during the concert:
“We’re in good hands, folks, real good hands. He cares about the people way up North, that we were trained our entire lives to ignore, trained our entire lives to hear not a word of what’s going on up there. And what’s going on up there ain’t good. It’s maybe worse than it’s ever been … we’re going to get it fixed and we got the guy to do it, to start, to help.”
The Hip frontman continued,
“Prime Minister Trudeau’s got me, his work with First Nations. He’s got everybody. He’s going to take us where we need to go. It’s going to take us 100 years to figure out what the hell went on up there, but it isn’t cool and everybody knows that. It’s really, really bad, but we’re going to figure it out, you’re going to figure it out.”
So did Gord Downie praise Justin Trudeau, or did he eloquently challenge him, or both? And did that overshadow his last moments on stage or brighten them?