Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s feminist street cred is on the line. If you didn’t know, Morneau is a "Gender Champion”.
Yeah, it’s as cringy as it sounds. Last year, Morneau instructed his staff to set him up for a UN award to show how feminist he is. Along with the made-up title, Morneau is no longer allowed to sit on unisex panels. It doesn’t matter what the situation is, if a woman isn’t present with Morneau, he can’t be a part of the event.
Second, he must fight for gender parity on boards. Funny, because right now his government is hemorrhaging women! They are leaving by the day. Not only two full-blown cabinet ministers, but rank-and-file Members of Parliament as well.
Since Morneau came to Calgary today, I figured I would ask him, does he think he still counts as a gender champ when his government is so anti-women?
It's becoming a trend lately for Calgary to erupt in anger when a Trudeau cabinet minister comes around, and it is not tough to see why. A pro-oilsands crowd of hundreds stood outside the hotel hosting Morneau’s luncheon. The protestors demonstrated, chanting “scrap the carbon tax”, “build the pipe”, and other messages of frustration regarding Bills C-48 and 69.