liberal-cabinet-20151104I don’t always talk about serious stuff on this blog, in fact, most of the time I talk about nonsense. Every now and then though the urge hits me to write something that’s a little more substantial than horror movies and toys and the like. This is one of those times. Last week, the new Canadian Prime Minister set an interesting precedent with the appointment of his Ministry. He decided to make 50% of his cabinet women. His reason? “Because it’s 2015.”

I think he has other reasons, good ones, but “because it’s 2015” has a certain quotable ring to it. Let’s be honest, a big part of Trudeau’s current appeal is spouting cocky, progressive sounding swagger to let everyone know that there’s a new sheriff in town. Harper was an alien wearing a human skin suit, Trudeau doesn’t need to try that hard to be cooler than ole’ Steve. That’s another thing, I think we should all start referring to our previous Prime Minister as “Steve”. The same way the Conservatives spent the entire election campaign referring to the appointed leader of a political party as “Justin”.

But I digress.

When Trudeau announced that he was going to being forming his cabinet partially on the basis of gender equality, to reflect the population of the country there were loud and sudden cries of outrage from a bunch of idiots. People boldly proclaiming that appointments to the cabinet should be made on merit, not gender. That by setting the goal of having a full half of his cabinet be female he would suddenly be ignoring merit altogether. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…

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