Canada’s Justin Trudeau’s gender-equal Cabinet “because it’s 2015.”

Canada’s New Prime Minister Says His New Cabinet Is Half Women “Because It’s 2015"

Canada’s New Prime Minister Says His New Cabinet Is Half Women “Because It’s 2015"

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Nov. 4 2015 8:29 PM

Canada’s New Prime Minister Says He Picked a Cabinet That’s Half Women “Because It’s 2015”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a press conference at Rideau Hall after being sworn in.

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Dreamy heartthrob Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Canada’s prime minister on Wednesday. The 43-year-old’s sunny, optimistic demeanor has already changed the post-election tone in Canadian politics. How long that lasts, of course, remains to be seen. But Trudeau on Wednesday continued his hot streak by introducing his 30-person Cabinet that had just as many women as men—a first for the country.

Justin Trudeau is ushering in a new era in Canadian politics with a cabinet that is reflective of the country’s ethnic diversity, peppered with rookie politicians, and composed of more women than ever before… After the swearing-in ceremony, Mr. Trudeau addressed reporters and other members of the public outside Rideau Hall saying he was proud to “present to Canada a cabinet that looks like Canada.”

When asked why he opted for gender equity, Trudeau responded: “Because it’s 2015.” The current 16-person Cabinet in the Obama administration, by comparison, is made up of just 25 percent women.