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Alan Pergament: Trudeau's appearance is highlight of Canadian-centered 'Kelly and Ryan'

I learned a valuable lesson watching "Live with Kelly and Ryan" from Niagara Falls, Ont., this morning: Not all Canadians are as nice as Meryl Streep said they were in her Golden Globes speech.

After Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was interviewed by the co-hosts, I tweeted: "Watching Trudeau you can see why he was elected. Imagine some Americans are jealous."

You might have thought I said hockey is a lousy sport (I love hockey) from the instant Twitter reaction I received from some Canadians.

Some Americans agreed with me.

But some Canadians complained Trudeau had broken his campaign promises, the country's deficit had gotten out of hand and he was the worst prime minister in the country's history.

One Canadian defended him, writing that there "are too many Trumpets in our country" trying to destroy him.

Politics aside, Trudeau couldn't have been more charming, talking about growing up as the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, his love of "Star Wars" and the strong relationship between Canada and the United States.

Of course, Kelly Ripa and new co-host Ryan Seacrest won't be confused with Anderson Cooper. Ripa started the interview off by asking Trudeau what his wife thought about him being named "the sexiest politician alive" before they teased him about taking his shirt off.

"Not going to happen," said Trudeau.

After a break, the co-hosts turned serious. They asked smart questions about world events and Trudeau gave smart, diplomatic answers.

The Trudeau interview was the highlight of a Canada-centered program that started with a discussion of the overcast weather and saw Seacrest ride the Hornblower into the mist and the more adventurous Whirlpool Jet.

The program also included a quick interview with casually dressed Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany of "Orphan Black" and a performance by singer Erin Bowman in a revealing outfit that didn't seem suited for the morning or the weather. I was cold just watching her.

The program played like an hour advertisement for the Canadian side of the Falls, which also was promoted during "Live!" visits in 1996 and 2006.

The program did focus on one bit of American history. A viewer from home would have won a Canadian vacation if she had known which American president had visited the Falls twice before he was elected.

Sadly, she didn't know it was Abraham Lincoln.

It also was another learning experience for me. I didn't know, either. If Lincoln had been in office in the days of Twitter, I imagine he would have been hammered, too.


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