The need to do the right thing by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has never been greater than it is now! It is time for Justin Trudeau to step up to the plate, use what seems to be all party consent and call out Donald Trump for being the dangerous pathological liar, misogynist, racist that he is. Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, the self-proclaimed feminist, is a hypocrite and a coward, when it comes to standing up for the rights of women and girls.
As Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said he removed Quebec MP Massimo Pacetti and Newfoundland MP Scott Andrews from caucus, because their accusers, one of whom approached him personally, deserved the benefit of the doubt. When asked why he did not wait for all the evidence to be in, and let due process of law take its course as not to unfairly punish and ruin the careers, reputations and lives of liberal MPs Massimo Pacetti and Scott Andrews, based solely on unproved allegations from accusers wishing to remain anonymous, Trudeau said:
- “It’s 2014. We have a duty to protect and encourage individuals in these situations to come forward.”
- “The action must be fair, but decisive. It must be sensitive to all affected parties, but, recognizing how difficult it is to do so, it must give the benefit of the doubt to those who come forward.”
- “I am aware of how difficult it is for people to come forward. I believe strongly that those of us in positions of authority have a duty to act upon allegations of this nature.”
Why is Donald Trump, a self-admitted violator of women, entitled to what seems like community service from Trudeau in 2017? (Their joint initiative to empower women) Justin Trudeau is not and has never been a feminist, in my humble opinion. Trudeau’s ousting of Quebec MP Massimo Pacetti and Newfoundland MP Scott Andrews from caucus was a cold and calculated political decision made by Trudeau to make him look like a feminist and garner the support of women voters. Justin Trudeau is not willing to sacrifice himself personally, or politically to create a better world for women and girls. He has proven this by:
- by throwing Quebec MP Massimo Pacetti and Newfoundland MP Scott Andrews under the bus without waiting for due process;
- refusing to publicly denounce Donald Trump’s past and continued misogynist behavior;
What would be enough for the prime minister to denounce Trump’s misogynist behavior? Would Prime Minister Justin Trudeau act if President Donald Trump, was misogynistic with:
- an ordinary Canadian citizen?
- a member of the Canadian press?
- one of his female MP’s?
- one of his female cabinet ministers?
- a female politician?
- a female member of his family?
- his wife?
I ask what it would take for the prime minister to act, because nothing that Donald Trump has done in the past or present compels Justin Trudeau to speak out, or act like he felt compelled to do in 2014, when he removed Liberal MPs Massimo Pacetti and Scott Andrews from caucus.
What message is Trudeau sending to the women and girls of Canada and the world about his and Canada’s stance on their equality and right to live without fear of sexual harassment at home, play and in the work place?
When Trudeau was asked by a reporter how he explained the worst aspects of Trump’s behavior during the campaign — his occasional bigotry, misogyny, and racism — to his 7-year-old daughter Ella-Grace, he did not respond to the question. Instead he said, “It’s important that the prime minister and the president have a constructive working relationship”.
I think both Canadians and Americans can only evaluate the importance and constructiveness of the working relationship between the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of the United States of America by looking at how open, transparent and honest the dialogue is. I would say that if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must set aside what are supposed to be his and Canada’s core values, for the “privilege” of maintaining a constructive working relationship with the president of the USA, then the price to be paid is too high.
Justin Trudeau makes a lot of pretty speeches about inclusiveness, gender equality, LGBTQ rights and the right of all people with the emphasis on women and girls to be able to live without fear of being abused in any way, including sexually, but talk is cheap. The only thing that Justin Trudeau seems willing to do to advance the rights of women and girls is sacrifice a few subordinates in the work place. Justin Trudeau hides behind his job title and what he claims Canadians expect him to do. Doing so, allows him to sidestep and refuse to stamp out inequality, discrimination, persecution and sexual abuse of women and girls, as he promised to before he became the Prime Minister of Canada. When it comes to Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau seems content to take the advice of the three wise monkeys. To this end, Trudeau has decided it is better for himself and Canada to pretend to see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil of Donald Trump.
In closing I would like to say this, “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau you:
- are not a feminist;
- do not stand up for women’s and girl’s rights always;
- are not willing to put yourself on the line to see that women and girls are treated with respect, dignity, equality;
- have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting.