Vox sat down with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and with his consent, created some beautiful, Feminist Ryan Gosling-inspired memes featuring Trudeau and a few pick-up lines.
When Trudeau was elected last October, the Internet swirled with headlines from around the world focused on the prime minister-elect’s good looks. CBC/Radio-Canada, News.com.au, and US Magazine ran stories on Trudeau’s hotness the night he was elected. Huffington Post Canada rounded up several of the celebrities Trudeau was compared to days after the election, and Independent Journal Review maintained he was an actual Disney prince.
In the past five months, however, the new prime minister has built a more substantive brand for himself of progress. Vox’s interview with Trudeau asked the big questions: how Canada will handle the influx Americans planning to move to Canada if Trump wins, what is the importance of voting, and why do people need to be concerned with diversity?
Though Americans may see it as a better alternative to a Trump presidency, Canada has a lot of things it needs to fix, Trudeau said.
“Canada has, for generations if not centuries, broken its relationship and its partnership with indigenous peoples. We ignored the fact that thousands upon thousands of indigenous women and girls went missing and murdered over the past few decades, and we need to reengage with that responsibly.
We need to look at the fact that a kid who grows up in an indigenous community doesn’t have the same access to education or positive outcomes that any kids born anywhere else in the country have.
There’s more work to do even on feminism. Everyone is talking about how it’s 2016 and we’re doing well, and there are good things that we’ve done, but we’re still way down on the list of countries in terms of pay equity. Canada is worse than a lot of other countries, including ones we wouldn’t suspect we would be worse than, on are women paid as much as men. There’s a lot of work still to do.”
Trudeau has spoken on the label before. In January, he said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that men should not be afraid to be labeled “feminist.”
“We shouldn’t be afraid of the word ‘feminist’,” Trudeau said. “Men and women should use that it describe themselves any time they want.”
Trudeau ended his Vox interview by saying he will continue to declare himself as a feminist until there is no more uproar in response to the label, because that’s the goal we should be striving toward.
“If you’re a progressive, you really should be a feminist, because it’s about equality, it’s about respect, it’s about making the best of the world we have,” Trudeau said.
Well said, Prime Minister McDreamy.