Canada's New Feminist Prime Minister Is Shaking Things Up in the Best Way Possible

Canada's New Feminist Prime Minister Is Shaking Things Up in the Best Way Possible


Nov 5, 2015

Newly-appointed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a self-proclaimed feminist, made great strides for gender equality Wednesday.

Trudeau, 43, appointed women to 50 percent of his Cabinet positions, and for the first time in Canadian history, the ministerial team strikes an equal balance of both men and women.

The ministers, comprised of 15 women and 15 men, are almost all under the age of 50, a clear homage to Trudeau being the second youngest prime minister in the nation's history.

Some also note that the younger ministerial team mirrors the ever-growing generational change and increasing diversity taking in place in present-day Canada.

When asked why he sought to emphasize gender parity in the cabinet, Trudeau responded in the most feminist way: "Because it's 2015."

Many of the selected female ministers hail from various career paths and have been appointed to some key positions, like former journalist Chrystia Freeland — now in charge of international trade — and Maryam Monsef, who fled Afghanistan as a refugee and now will oversee democratic reform initiatives.

The diversity in Trudeau's Cabinet extends beyond gender and age to include two aboriginal members of parliament and three Sikh politicians.

"It's important to be here before you today to present to Canada a cabinet that looks like Canada," Trudeau told reporters after being sworn-in.

Trudeau hails from a politically active family as his father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, is one of Canada's most recognizable and longest serving prime ministers.

Despite this legacy, Trudeau is hoping to create a new path for the country. 

"My thoughts today — sorry Dad — aren't mostly on him, they're very much on my own kids and the kids across this country that we are going to work very, very hard for to ensure they have a better future," he told the press.

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