Today’s man-crush goes out to the current leader of our fair and fine country: Justin Trudeau. With his poise, finesse and all-round charm, it’s no wonder that he is making the world swoon.
The most important reason we have this crush on Trudeau isn’t because he has perfectly coiffed hair, it has to do with his words.
His faith in Canadian ideals is making some of the country’s citizens feel proud to be dignified and humble again. Some who didn’t even vote for him feel like the right man has won — although I’m sure he would appreciate those votes in the next election. The only thing he has to do whilst he is in office is to keep up the good work, to not waiver on his ideas and principles, and to stay humble.
Last week, for the first time in 19 years, a Canadian Prime Minister was invited to a state dinner at the White House. The whole world went gaga for photo ops of the Trudeaus and Obamas. In attendance were Canadian celebs such as Ryan Reynolds and Michael J. Fox. As a Canadian, this was probably an event that gave you all the feels.
For too long Canada had endured a kind of gloom over our politics. Friends were having difficulties migrating, the healthcare system became a little bit too difficult to navigate, overseas strangers were lumping us in with Big Bro’s policies. Our humble-little-nation-that-could almost seemed like a distant memory, even though it should be a source of pride for us. (There is nothing wrong with being the little brother or sister of Team USA. We have our own strengths.)
The state dinner gave Obama and Trudeau some one-on-one time to get real with one another. Among the biggest topics on the table? Climate change. It’s no secret that the polar bears are hungry and that we have been having some record-breaking temperatures. I like to joke saying that I don’t mind the warmer weather, but if more polar bears have to starve just so I can get a tan, I would prefer to go the rest of my life wrapped up in blankets.
First thing’s first: how are they going to get this climate change going? Some are saying they have some #MehGoals for reducing greenhouse emissions, including HFCs (think refrigeration units) and methane (think ovens and cars). Let’s just say they have room for improvement on one of the most important challenges of our generation.
Some other Big Issue Items that they covered?
Second, the Arctic, expanding the protected area on land and sea as well as including some Indigenous input. Third, easing border security between the bros for some low-risk travellers. Fourth, something about softwood lumber trade, but they are being pretty hush hush about that one. And, fifth, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. You might remember it being talked about last fall as countries along the Pacific Rim (not del Toro’s version) are looking to get real close and personal over the next few years by focusing on trade, labour and friendship.
Not sure what’s in store for the next 4 years, but for now our heart goes out to Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau.