So, I’ve been feeling a little disengaged with British politics recently. I even thought about what countries I might want to move to, and given their current leader and the fact they have bears (yes, this is going to decide my future), I figured Canada might be a good option.
But this isn’t about my post-Brexit emigration across the Atlantic, this is about the Fab Feminist Justin Trudeau, who is currently the Canadian Prime Minister.
Justin Trudeau is a feminist. This shouldn’t be a big deal, right?
No. Of course not.
But it appears it is. Trudeau said of his feminism “it shouldn’t be something that creates a reaction” at a recent UN meeting on Gender Equality. Of course it shouldn’t. Feminist should not be some taboo word, particularly within the political sphere. And we really shouldn’t, in 2016, have to celebrate that a world leader is a feminist. They should all be feminists, otherwise they’re sexist, and therefore cannot possibly represent half of their country’s population. But unfortunately, Trudeau is making history by declaring himself a feminist.
Trudeau has recognised that while what we have today is somewhat closer to equality than what we had twenty years ago, in another twenty years time “people will look at what we think is acceptable today and find it horrifically off-base.”
Moving Canada somewhat closer to equality, last year when he became Prime Minister, Trudeau became the first Canadian Prime Minister to make a fully equal cabinet, made up of exactly 50% women and 50% men. This shouldn’t shock us, this should be the standard. But politics is still a world dominated by men where women have very little representation. This is a huge move, giving women a voice, representation and a chance to implement positive change.
What is most astonishing about this is Trudeau was asked why. Why do you have equal representation in your cabinet? I don’t think I really need to say what is wrong with a question like this. His reply was simple, “because its 2015.”
Trudeau, showing the world how it should be done, has called for world leaders to follow in gaining equality within governments. Of course they should follow. Well, strictly speaking, they should all be there already. Trudeau said, “Any world leaders who tell me ‘I’d love to, I just can’t do that with the current configuration of our parliament or of my party’, I say: ‘Well, what are you doing to change that configuration and draw out those extraordinary women who can be leaders that we need?’,”
Yes. YES YES YES. Why are all world leaders not this amazing?
On International Women’s Day, Trudeau announced that a Canadian woman would feature on the new Canadian banknotes from 2018. This will recognise the achievements of women within their country and celebrate them. This tells the world that your gender should not stop you from achieving what you want to achieve.
Trudeau has also made history by becoming the first Canadian Prime Minister to attend Pride. “Event organisers say this may be the first time any sitting leader has attended such an event.” Trudeau is passionate about equality, and incredibly serious about everybody’s rights. And when he says everybody, he means everybody. “He was really serious about talking about trans rights, about equal rights, about immigration, about gay men donating blood.”
All I have left to say is either, a) where can we get a Prime Minister like this? Or b) when can I move? And while our government looks to be falling into the hands of either Michael Gove or Theresa May, I’m not holding out much hope that I won’t be filling out a visa application soon.