Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s supposedly inclusive “peoplekind” feminism avoids the real issues that women deal with daily. His hypocrisy is clear. It reminds me of Hillary Clinton.
“We will believe you,” she promised all sexual complainants. Except that it didn’t apply to the ones who had accused her husband of sexual misconduct in the past. If she thought they were lying, did she really believe no others were?
Trudeau’s response to the groping allegation against him is a haze of contradiction. He is a vocal advocate of the worldwide #MeToo movement, which is not known for its doubt. But he ironically claims to be unsure if the incident he was accused of actually happened, or, if it did, why he would at the time apologize for it.
He hopes his philosophizing on how men and women experience emotions differently will influence the public’s judgment of this event – if it happened, of course. It’s a scattershot approach, a desperate attempt to treat all complainants as credible except this one.
But the hypocrisy does not stop here. Trudeau’s flaky feminism also supports oppressive garbs like the burka. One of the first things he did in office was to scrap the requirement for women to show their faces in oath-taking ceremonies for Canadian citizenship.
His feminism only goes as far as his budget preference permits. He supports cuts for middle-income families that negatively impact women the most.
His feminism faltered when he impulsively elbowed NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau right in the chest. A true feminist would never do such a thing even in anger.
He did at least show regret for that unpleasant physical encounter when he said, “I apologize for that unreservedly and I look for opportunities to make amends.”
Perhaps it was safer to acknowledge a non-sexual offence. But he would be in better political shape today had he also unequivocally apologized for the alleged contact with the British Columbia journalist 18 years ago. His suggestion of a national conversation on how men and women perceive these incidents just looks like a ruse to hide the particular in the general.
Trudeau really has done little for women’s causes. Let’s not forget that misplaced inquiry on missing and murdered aboriginal women. Nothing concrete has come out of that failed study, riddled with internal squabbles and ineptitude.
Another of his acts of “feminism” was appointing Maryam Monsef, the refugee turned cabinet member, to head Status of Women. Monsef, of course, once tweeted how fascinated she was with Sharia law – a set of proscriptions that places undue restrictions on women and greatly limits their role in society.
Trudeau’s evasion around this accusation is a terrible political blunder. He may now realize that a straightforward apology would have garnered more support, and that in the long run simplicity – even incriminating simplicity – always pays. Looking cornered and offering a series of contradictory remarks has obviously put an enormous dent in Trudeau’s credibility as champion of women’s rights.
Even Donald Trump, whom we have come to associate with a lot of lascivious conduct and foul comments, came out with a clearer apology when confronted about his “locker-room talk” when he said, “I was wrong and I apologize.”
Goodbye, Mr. Trudeau. At the helm of Canadian politics we need someone who will be a clear and honest advocate for all our citizens.
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