With the upcoming US Presidential elections and the looming thought that a certain Mr. Trump may become the most powerful man in the world people are looking for escape routes… and if Canada wasn’t appealing enough with its green mountains, moose and maple syrup it’s made even better by Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.
Back in December Justin (he just seems too cool to be called Mr. Trudeau) personally greeted 163 Syrian refugees as they arrived in Toronto, shaking their hands and ‘welcoming them home’.
If that doesn’t give you some encouragement about politicians, don’t worry it only gets better. He was the first leader in the world to reveal a gender-balanced cabinet when he came into power last year. The ministers – 15 women and 15 men – are mostly aged under 50, marking both a generational change and a commitment to reflecting Canada’s diversity. Justin said that there is finally “a cabinet that looks like Canada”. They include a millionaire businessman, a geoscientist, a Paralympian and a refugee who fled the Taliban.
Here’s how his gender equal cabinet stacks up against Cameron and Obama…
At this January’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trudeau spoke openly about being a feminist and why it’s important for men to get comfortable identifying as such. “We shouldn’t be afraid of the word feminist. Men and women should use it to describe themselves anytime they want,” he said at a discussion on gender parity.
Father to a daughter and two sons he has made it very public that, with his wife’s encouragement he wants to raise his sons to be great feminists like himself. “That role we have as men in supporting and demanding equality and demanding a shift is really, really important”.
On International Women’s Day — March 8 — the leader announced that an iconic Canadian women will be featured on the country’s next series of bank notes, expected in 2018.
While on a tour of the US earlier this month he also stated the following: “I’m going to keep saying loud and clearly that I am a feminist until it is met with a shrug. It’s just really, really obvious that we should be standing up for women’s rights and trying to create more equal societies.”
Not only an activist for women’s rights he also is striving for a world rid of racism. He tweeted saying, “Today, I join Canadians to recognize the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination”
If this isn’t the most refreshing politician the world has ever known we dare you to find one better, more vocal about what’s right, more in tune with today’s society and more filled with Canadian bubliness.