While speaking at the Women Deliver 2019 conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked about ejecting Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from caucus and how his actions affected his feminism. He responded by saying his handling of the two female Members of Parliament “increased his feminism”.
“It’s been a tough year in some ways for you, you put tough women in your cabinet,” said Doucet. “How did this change your feminism?” asked BBC journalist Lyse Doucet.
“It’s been a tough year in some ways for you, you put tough women in your cabinet,” said BBC News journalist Lyse Doucet. “How did this change your feminism?”
“It increases my feminism. It continues to challenge and make us think differently about it,” replied Trudeau.
The comments came during a Q & A at the “world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women” in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Justin Trudeau spoke alongside other world leaders such as President of Ethiopia Sahle-Work Zewde, President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta, and President of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Justin Trudeau’s “tough year” included the resignation of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from their respective positions in the Liberal government, followed by them being ejected from the party’s caucus.
The turbulent inner-party conflict came after former Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould alleged that the Prime Minister’s Office was involved in attempts to politically interfere with the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.
Since then, both former Liberal party members have decided to run as independent candidates in the upcoming election.