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Kim Cattrall gets mistaken billing as Trudeau’s mom in ’60 Minutes’ profile

The Canadian Press and news staff | posted Monday, Mar 7th, 2016

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Call it a “60 Minutes” oops moment.

The venerable CBS newsmagazine aired a profile piece on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Sunday evening. And, for the most part, it cast Canada’s new leader in a glowing light.

But there was one noticeable gaff in the “60 Minutes” piece that is getting plenty of attention. A photo that was supposed to show Trudeau’s parents displayed his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau alongside actress Kim Cattrall, and not his mother, Margaret.

The former Prime Minister and Cattrall dated in the early 80s. In response, Cattrall, who is best known for her role in “Sex and the City,” joked on Twitter, saying: “I have a son who is the Prime Minister of Canada? I couldn’t be more proud.”

There is not comment yet from the Trudeaus.

During the interview, Trudeau discussed his late father, his approach to politics, and even offered some gentle criticism of Americans.

Trudeau’s interview comes ahead of his state visit to Washington this week where he’ll meet with U.S. President Barack Obama. The visit is a first for a Canadian prime minister in almost two decades.

While defending Canada’s Syrian Refugee program, Trudeau made a veiled jab at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

“Ultimately, being open and respectful towards each other is much more powerful as a way to diffuse hatred and anger, than layering on big walls and oppressive policies,” Trudeau said.

Trudeau was also asked what Canadians don’t like about the United States, and said it would be “nice if they paid a little more attention to the world.”

“Having a little bit of an awareness of what’s going on in the rest of the world, I think is what many Canadians would hope for Americans,” he said.

Last week, The Associated Press obtained a transcript of the interview with Trudeau quoted as saying that Canadians would be appreciative if Americans paid more attention to what is going on around the world.

It prompted Conservative MP Jason Kenney to take to social media and refer to Trudeau’s comment as “regrettably smug.”

Kenney responded on Twitter, saying both countries have their flaws, but the idea that Canadians pay more attention to the world is “manifestly untrue.”

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