New Canadian P.M. appoints gender-balanced cabinet “Because it’s 2015”

Women in Canada, and the world over, have another reason (in addition to his dashing good looks) to love self-professed feminist Justin Trudeau, the new prime minister of Canada. Trudeau on Wednesday kept a campaign promise by announcing his cabinet, which consists of an equal number of men and women. Sheila Copps, the former Canadian deputy prime minister reportedly said, “It’s a historic day for women. Gender parity in the national cabinet is huge. It sends a great message to our daughters and sons.” With the move, Trudeau, 43, re-positioned Canada well ahead of the United States in terms of gender equality at the highest level of federal government. Twenty-five percent of President Obama’s 16-person cabinet is female. Some of the key women appointed to Trudeau’s cabinet include Catherine McKenna who will be the minister of environment and climate change, Jody Wilson-Raybould as justice minister and attorney general — she’s the first Aboriginal to hold the office in the nation’s history — and Jane Philpott, who will be Canada’s new health minister.

Delivering remarks at Rideau Hall following his swearing in, Trudeau told reporters he selected a cabinet that “looks like Canada. One reporter followed up on the remark, pressing Trudeau on why it was important for him to have a gender-balanced cabinet. Trudeau’s response was succinct and drew a round of applause from those on hand watching.

“Because it’s 2015,” he said.

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