Now with Trump piling in with his own attempt to humiliate the Canadian leader, the Globe and Mail newspaper said the US leader’s comments “couldn’t have been better measured to raise Canadians’ national sense of injustice.”

Commentators saw a parallel in past tensions between Trudeau’s father and Richard Nixon, when the then-leader of the United States called Trudeau senior, in private conversations, a “pompous egghead” and a “clever son of a bitch.”

“The new Trudeau has arrived,” one analyst told Radio Canada on Monday, noting that thanks to the public and political support building behind him, “Trudeau can think of himself as the great defender of his country and that he can don the cape of “Captain Canada” which served his farther so well.”