Why Canada’s PM, Justin Trudeau, is my celebrity crush
Not only is he a total babe, but he put women on Canadian currency
In November 2015, dreamy Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister. Not only is Trudeau a cutie, but when it comes to his politics, they’re totally on point.
This is why Trudeau is my celeb crush, and why he should be yours, too.
One of Trudeau’s first acts in office was creating a gender equal cabinet
Not only did his cabinet include 15 men and 15 women, but his choices were also ethnically diverse. “It’s important to be here before you today to present to Canada a cabinet that looks like Canada,” he said.
On International Women’s Day, he announced Canada’s new currency, featuring the faces of women
“A Canadian woman will be featured on the very first of the next series of bills expected in 2018,” Trudeau said. This is well ahead of the United States, where new currency featuring women won’t be out until at least 2020.
He isn’t afraid to call himself a feminist
Despite it being 2016 and us having access to numerous sources of information at our fingertips, many people (both men and women) are weary of the word “feminist” based on age-old stereotypes and a lack of knowledge about what feminism actually is.
To prove this point, he has noted that every time he calls himself a feminist, the “Twitterverse explodes.” In addition, he has urged men in particular to embrace feminism. However, unlike some male feminists *cough* Matt McGorry *cough*, Trudeau doesn’t want to be praised for calling himself a feminist.
“I am going to keep saying loud and clear that I am a feminist until it is met with a shrug,” he said. That’s it. Just a shrug. Not an attack nor praise.
He’s an ally to the LGBTQ+ community
Recently, Trudeau was the first ever Canadian Prime Minister to march in Toronto’s Pride Parade.
He also has personally stood up for Canadians who were victims of LGBTQ+ hate crimes, such as this one instance where a gay employee had his Valentine defaced with a homophobic slur. Trudeau made sure to send out an even better one, along with a message of support.
However, some have argued his allyship to this community thus far isn’t enough. So let’s hope that in the future, Trudeau passes even more inclusive laws.
All in all, I think Trudeau is a revolutionary politician, and I hope to see others following in his footsteps.