Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s frank response to a question about his gender-equal cabinet made international headlines and lit up social media.
At Trudeau’s swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday, the prime minister was questioned on why he named 15 women and 15 men to his cabinet.
“Because it’s 2015,” Trudeau said.
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“Canadians elected extraordinary members of parliament from across the country and I am glad to have been able to highlight a few of them in this cabinet here with me today,” he added after a brief pause.
A gender-balanced cabinet was one of Trudeau’s campaign promises. Some of the prominent women filling up his cabinet include Chrystia Freeland, Jane Philpott and Carolyn Bennett to name a few.
However, on Friday, a Liberal party source told Global News that five female members of the Liberal cabinet are actually ministers of state, considered more junior positions in federal cabinet that serve to assist full ministers. And they will make less money as a result.
Earlier this week, Trudeau’s response and cabinet made headlines around the world and lit up social media.
“Justin Trudeau names Canada’s first equal cabinet with 15 men and 15 women ‘because it’s 2015,’” reads a headline in British newspaper The Telegraph.
“‘Because It’s 2015’: Canada’s Trudeau Sums Up His Gender-Equal Cabinet” a Newsweek headline reads.
“Canadian PM Justin Trudeau says cabinet is half women ‘because it’s 2015’” USA Today headline reads.
Film star Emma Watson, who has appeared before the United Nations to talk about gender equality, called Trudeau’s comment the “coolest thing I’ve seen in a while.”
Why a gender balanced/50:50 government?”Because it’s 2015!”Coolest thing I’ve seen in a while.❤️ U Canada. #Heforshe https://t.co/8bypuiBNMX
— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) November 5, 2015
Here’s some of the reaction on social media.
“Because it’s 2015.” PM @JustinTrudeau appoints #Canada’s first gender-equal cabinet https://t.co/t3FGLX852q #genderequality #HeForShe
— UN Women (@UN_Women) November 5, 2015
Because it’s 2015. Hot damn. Bravo, @JustinTrudeau. Well done, Canada! 💪🏼👏🏻🙌🏿🇨🇦 https://t.co/lAmQHhn8L1
— Katie Jacobs Stanton (@KatieS) November 5, 2015
Shout out to Canada and #Trudeau and the way he picked his Canadian Cabinet. “Because it’s 2015” —; I love it.
— Chris Topher (@Chris_Topher_11) November 5, 2015
Best. Answer. Ever. “Because it’s 2015” – @JustinTrudeau Can I move to Canada? https://t.co/iOZqwuqYyx
— Whitney Quesenbery (@whitneyq) November 5, 2015
I gotta tip my hat to Canada’s new Prime Minister, @JustinTrudeau. A diverse and gender balanced cabinet – Because its 2015. Respect.
— Nick Jones Jr. (@njfuture) November 5, 2015
Asked why he chose a cabinet with a perfect 15/15 gender parity, Justin Trudeau answered: “Because it's 2015.” Bam! https://t.co/4fEXQqoyDn—
(@Shoq) November 04, 2015
(•_•) <) )╯BECAUSE / (•_•) ( (> IT’S / (•_•) <) )> 2015 /
— Nicole Villeneuve (@nicooooole) November 4, 2015
My new answer to every question is, “Because it’s 2015.”
— Matt Gurney (@mattgurney) November 4, 2015
Reporter: “Why is having a gender-balanced cabinet important to you?” Justin Trudeau: “Because it’s 2015.” MIC. DROP.
— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) November 4, 2015
In Canada, Trudeau appoints a 50% female cabinet because it’s 2015. Here, we debate Ben Carson pyramid theory because it’s 2015 BC.
— Ben Schwartz (@benschwartzy) November 5, 2015