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No regrets over separatist blunder: Trudeau

Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

OTTAWA - Liberal MP Justin Trudeau is sticking to his guns, and won't back down from his separatist blunder.

Trudeau shied away from most interviews Wednesday but had some face time with a Montreal TV station to explain a controversial interview where he laid out a scenario in which he might support separatism.

On Wednesday, Trudeau told CTV Montreal said it was the "tone and the values" of the Conservative government that pushed him to make the remarks last weekend.

"No one will seriously question my loyalty to this country that I will fight for to my dying breath," he said. "I don't think I have any defence to make of myself as an ardent federalist."

The son of former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau - an ardent federalist himself - was placed on the defensive after saying "maybe I would consider wanting to make Quebec a separate country" if Canada stopped reflecting his values under the Harper government.

Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae also had little to say Wednesday about Trudeau's remarks.

"I think Mr. Trudeau has made clear he's a very strong Canadian and believes profoundly in national unity," he said. "I'll just leave it at that."

Other MPs poked fun at Trudeau's bombastic scrum Tuesday where he defended his comments and repeatedly referred to himself in the third person.

"Mr. Speaker, the member for Sudbury loves this country unconditionally, and the question is not whether New Democrats will defeat the Conservatives and form a government for all Canadians, because the question is ridiculous," NDP MP Glenn Thibeault said, aping Trudeau.

"Of course we will."