A handshake between Alberta Premier Danielle Smith and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has grabbed the attention of many Canadians, with some calling it “hilarious” and “awkward.”
Smith is currently in Ottawa along with premiers from across Canada for a meeting regarding access to more health care funding.
Cameras were rolling when Smith and Trudeau met, resulting in what some are calling “the handshake seen across the country.”
The handshake. pic.twitter.com/9KBgNH1mcP
— Andrew Brown (@browncbc) February 7, 2023
The handshake, or lack of one, sparked many comments on social media.
Awkward move there.
— Grant Ainsley (@AinsleyInc) February 7, 2023
I don’t know what that was, but it was no handshake.
— A Dave you know you know (@NotJustDave) February 7, 2023
— Tinnitis Emeritus (@pbontoast1) February 7, 2023
Calm down people, it was just a handshake. Well, actually it wasn’t, but you know what I mean.
— Doug Michaelides (@DougMichaelides) February 7, 2023
The Handshake seen across the country#alberta #cdnpoli #healthcare #canada https://t.co/PHBAXjha0t
— Michael Kwas (@mkwas55) February 7, 2023
Politicians should have to go to handshake school https://t.co/il4A87Vuq4
— Kristin Raworth (@KristinRaworth) February 7, 2023
Some people also took a stroll down memory lane of other handshake moments with other politicians and Trudeau, including former Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and former US President Donald Trump.
The landing varies. pic.twitter.com/QZLECR6eaG
— Jason Markusoff (@markusoff) February 7, 2023
— Trevor Heywood (@hey_trev) February 7, 2023
For comparison, here’s former Premier Kenney shaking hands with PMJT upon their first meeting (and a bonus pandemic elbow bump!) pic.twitter.com/d71XA2XlQ9
— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) February 7, 2023
almost as bad as… pic.twitter.com/GfsdDBwYqc
— Mike Jennings (@hashtaghypocrit) February 7, 2023