New Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau was sworn in today along with his cabinet, for which Trudeau has been widely praised. Why? Because the liberal Trudeau made a concerted effort to achieve true gender equity in his cabinet, which comprises 15 women and 16 men. (OK, it’s not exactly equal, but maybe he can create a new cabinet position to solve that problem.)
How big a deal is gender equity? Feminist site Jezebel declared that Trudeau’s half-female cabinet is the “international hunk’s” sexiest feature.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) November 5, 2015
NBC News’ Luke Russert was equally smitten by Trudeau as he gave a brilliant answer to those asking why he made sure his cabinet was 50 percent female.
Trudeau's presser answer is brilliant https://t.co/rx9cbD7h0j
— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) November 4, 2015
What was that brilliant answer? “Because it’s 2015.”
Global Montreal, just another objective network covering the swearing-in ceremony, declared Trudeau’s “outstanding” answer a “mic drop” moment.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau drops the mic with this outstanding answer about why his cabinet is gender balanced https://t.co/k5w42imUCn
— Global Montreal (@Global_Montreal) November 4, 2015
@Global_Montreal loving the objectivity
— Alex Heisz (@AlexHeisz) November 4, 2015
Pity those hate-filled conservatives who were less than impressed with Trudeau’s quota approach to filling government positions.
— TIME.com (@TIME) November 5, 2015
@TIME Gender does not determine competence. Yikes! This is a scary mob of questionably qualified people.
— Tania Gail (@TaniaGailPhotos) November 5, 2015
@TIME I must admit that I do like the new cabinet gender balance. Let's hope that performance is more important than gender though.
— Wanda Halpert (@wandahalpert) November 5, 2015
Let’s hope. Barack Obama campaigned on a platform of “hope,” for what it’s worth.
@TIME You're missing a black dude there. Hope they all can live up to the job required.
— TheMizz⚡️ (@MizzyII) November 5, 2015
How do we know if the 50% of men in #Trudeaucabinet are there to meet a quota or if they're there on merit?!
— Lannen Donnelly (@LannenD) November 5, 2015
— Kate McInturff (@katemcinturff) November 4, 2015
Female pundits, too.
— Jon Friesen (@jondfriesen) November 4, 2015
— FreedomZone (@Freedomzone_) November 3, 2015
@Kathryn_Lawsome @SheilaGunnReid True but then Justin couldn't portray himself as a knight in shining armor. After all, it's all about him.
— Linda Henderson (@linZlou2u) November 4, 2015