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I was a high-school teacher. I am a strong advocate for women's rights, and I'm not a woman.
—Justin Trudeau describing himself in a nutshell[1]

Justin "Joe" Pierre James Trudeau (born 1971) is the 23rd and current Prime Minister of Canada, and current leader of the federal Liberal Party of Canada. He is widely accepted as a dreamboat (for a politician anyway)[2][3][4][5][6] and is a (self-proclaimed) feminist,[7] advocate of legalizing marijuana,[8] LGBTQ-friendly,[9] pro-choice,[10] pro-immigrant,[11] climate science defending[12][13] antithesis to both his predecessor and his counterpart in the U.S.A.. He is the son of Pierre Elliot Trudeau, the 15th Prime Minister of Canada and reputed "ladies man". Like father like son, I guess.As a result, Trudeau enjoys a sort of "Canadian royalty" status amongst the media.

Trudeau is bilingual (a fact he really wants you to remember), and as a politician in bilingual Canada this has helped him immensely, especially when compared to the The Conservative Party of Canada's new leadership hopeful's attempts at grasping the language.[14][15]

Unfortunately, he supports the further opening up of the Alberta tar sands, which are one of the world's greatest current climate disasters, thus like his counterpart undermining effective climate change policies, just in a different and, to quote The Guardian, "hypocritical" way.[16] This makes him similar to Obama, who didn't ban fracking despite his otherwise climate action-heavy governance.

Also like his counterpart,[17] he has consented to the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia,[18] which could be used to both repress the Saudi people and to fight in the Yemen Civil War (although, one caveat: his counterpart initiated the sale; in Trudeau's case, it was his predecessor who initiated the sale, although Trudeau did nothing to stop it).

He's also got an infrastructure plan near-identical to Trump: sell off public assets, pay private investors to finance construction, hire private firms to build, and let the taxpayer pay the tab. This includes setting up a private infrastructure bank under Cabinet control, immediately undercutting any independence for the infrastructure bank. [19]

But wait, there's more! He's also a giant media whore... just like his counterpart![20] Which counterpart? That would be Obama (or Tony Blair for that matter), who was also very image-conscious and sensitive to perception changes by the press. Justin's also following his father's footsteps in this, as Pierre was the original "Trudeaumania."

In 2016, after Fidel Castro's death, he described Castro in a favourable light, believing he had "tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people", and that he "made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation" without mentioning the horrific human rights abuses or intolerance of dissent.[21]

References[edit]

  1. Justin Trudeau says he won't 'play the politics of fear' by John Ivison (June 18, 2015) National Post.
  2. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/justin-trudeau-sexiest-politician-world-6666495
  3. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/10/20/justin-trudeau-prime-minister_n_8340036.html
  4. https://www.hottestheadsofstate.com/list/
  5. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/justin-trudeau-is-seen-by-non-canadians-as-attractive-1.3279862
  6. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/justin-trudeau-is-definitely-not-the-most-bae-canadian-leader
  7. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/justin-trudeau-feminism-fatherhood_us_56f448a1e4b014d3fe22a29f
  8. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/06/10/why-people-who-hate-marijuana-should-legalize-it-anyway-according-to-justin-trudeau/?utm_term=.86ebd5280861#comments
  9. http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2016/07/04/justin-trudeau-toronto-pride-orig-emarticke.cnn
  10. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/justin-trudeau-s-abortion-policy-keeps-people-talking-1.2771828
  11. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-justin-trudeau-canada-immigration-ban-muslim-countries-a7552186.html
  12. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/07/opinion/canadas-trudeau-steps-up-on-climate-change.html?_r=0
  13. https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2016/dec/15/justin-trudeau-interview-video
  14. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/you-dont-speak-french-you-shouldnt-lead-the-conservatives/article33654140/
  15. http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/kevin-oleary-doesnt-speak-french-but-says-he-could-still-be-prime-minister/
  16. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/17/stop-swooning-justin-trudeau-man-disaster-planet
  17. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/questions-raised-110bn-arms-deal-saudi-arabia-170608033511760.html
  18. https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/the-saudi-arms-deal-what-weve-learned-so-far/article28180299/?ref=https://www.theglobeandmail.com&
  19. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/true-north/2016/nov/22/justin-trudeaus-giant-corporate-giveaway
  20. http://www.hilltimes.com/2017/08/14/trudeau-pmo-stands-communications-driven-image-conscious-approach-say-strategists/116002?ncid=fcbklnkcahpmg00000008
  21. http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2016/11/26/statement-prime-minister-canada-death-former-cuban-president-fidel-castro