Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Canada’s 23rd prime minister on Wednesday, and he’s already set social media alight with his response to a question about his decision to have a gender-equal Cabinet.
During a press conference on November 4th, Trudeau, who calls himself a feminist, was asked by a reporter why he decided to put 15 men and 15 women in his Cabinet. (There are 31 people in the Cabinet, including Trudeau.) His answer was a short one: “Because it’s 2015,” he said, to cheers and applause from the audience.
This was the perfect response. The notion that men have more merit than women is mysogynist. Feminist goals of equality when achieved bring numerous benefits. For too long 50% of the population has been under represented. Every one of the women appointment to Cabinet is well qualified, educated, and a vast improvement to the patronage and ideological purity boy’s club Cabinet of Harper.