Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Justin Trudeau: Why am I a Justin Trudeau FAN GIRL? #AtoZChallenge Letter J #SOL16

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I'm a FAN GIRL of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. I have never been as enamored with a politician as I am with the son of Pierre Trudeau, Canada's Prime Minister from 1968-1979 and from 1980-84.

Yes, Justin Trudeau is handsome, but my admiration goes far beyond surface features.

Yes, Justin Trudeau has a BA degree in English literature, but my connection goes far beyond sharing a love of literature.

Yes, Justin Trudeau has taught in Vancouver, but my admiration goes far beyond our mutual classroom experience. 

Yes, Justin Trudeau is articulate, but my fondness goes far beyond his eloquence.

Why, then am I a Justin Trudeau FAN GIRL? 

Justin Trudeau identifies himself as a FEMINIST. I love, love, love the way Justin Trudeau stands with women and men, such as my husband, as an advocate for gender equality.

Simply, anyone who values equal rights, anyone who respects women, anyone who wants their daughters to have the opportunities men have had throughout history, anyone who wants their sons to show women respect should be a Justin Trudeau FAN GIRL or BOY, too.

Justin Trudeau understands what feminism means. More importantly, he recognizes why we should all advocate for feminism.

"We shouldn't be afraid of the word feminist." That's Justin Trudeau.

"Men and women should use [feminist] to describe themselves any time they want." That's Justin Trudeau.

Justin Trudeau urges men to take a role in "demanding and supporting equality."

Not only does Justin Trudeau speak for women, he acts on his convictions by appointing a cabinet with as many women as men.

Trudeau advocates for the rights of Canada's indigenous peoples and has proposed plans to rescind government policies that conflict with the rights of Canada's tribes. He recognizes that the past isn't past and that our present circumstances might necessitate acknowledging this, which he did in apologizing for the Komagata Maru Incident of 1914.

Trudeau has led the way in welcoming Syrian refugees to Canada.

From all appearances, Trudeau mingles comfortably with people from all walks of life and shows empathy for them, too. 

I'm a Justin Trudeau FAN GIRL because he's the best political role model we have when it comes to how to treat women, indigenous people, and all humans.

We don't need to move to Canada to embody the feminist ideal Justin Trudeau advocates; we just need to import the humanity embodied through Canada's Prime Minister. 

The video above lasts about 1:14 minutes and began my admiration of Justin Trudeau.


  1. So far, so good. Let's see how he develops as time passes.
    Digital Bonnie

  2. I am too. I am a transplanted Canadian living in the US. JT is a breath of fresh air!

  3. Yes a great clip, Glenda that is so true that it takes BOTH women and men to make an equal society and raising ALL of our children to understand this importance :)
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  4. I agree, Justin T. rocks it! Support of teachers, thinking himself a teacher, doing right because it's good for the world. Yes! Jennifer Sniadecki

  5. Justin sounds like a lovely chap.

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