A recent public display by a large group of young women has attracted quite the attention. Today, around 50 young women silently protested Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by literally turning their back on him during his speech. This protest took place today on April 3 in the House of Commons.
On April 3, 2019, a group of around 50 young women turned their back on Trudeau as a way of showing him how they felt about his recent actions with the SNC Lavalin scandal. The incident took place in the House of Commons in Ottawa, where many women attended as part of the Daughter of the Vote.
So what is Daughters of the Vote? It is an event that invites a group of young women aged 18 to 23 and brings 338 women from all across Canada to the House of Commons in Ottawa. These women were able to represent every federal riding within the nation as they took their representative MP’s seat in Parliament.
Due to Trudeau's recent actions, in which he voted Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott out of the Liberal caucus, a silent protest started amongst a group of women during the House of Commons meeting. Out of the 338 women who were present, around 50 stood up and physically turned their backs while Trudeau was speaking to them. In the crowd, Philpott and Wilson-Raybould watched.
Several videos and images have now been posted online of the incident. You can see Trudeau speaking while dozens of women turn their backs to the prime minister.
A stunning demonstration of young women speaking truth to power as #DaughtersOfTheVote question @JustinTrudeau (the #Wetsuweten were raised) & demonstrated their displeasure with his decision to remove @Puglaas & @janephilpott from his Liberal caucus. Strong. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/hYH50Hx7Px— Nathan Cullen (@nathancullen) April 3, 2019
Women in House of Commons are turning their back on Trudeau. I do too.. ✊🏼 😍 pic.twitter.com/ImRHKxOywe— Beatrice Hunter (@beatlhunter) April 3, 2019
Trudeau was one of the last people to speak at the House of Commons and when he did, it was not received with a warm welcome. However, Trudeau wasn’t the only one greeted with protest. According to Global News, dozens of people walked out of the House of Commons when Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer gave his speech.
According to Global, Trudeau began his speech by directly addressing the controversy and the critics of his actions. He also stated that there was never going to be just one side to things and that there will forever be multiple voices.
Trudeau's not-so-warm welcoming was vastly different than others who spoke at the House of Commons during the April 3, 2019 meeting. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh actually received a standing ovation from the crowd following his speech.
Since the incident, Trudeau has not posted anything about it publically on his social media platforms or addressed the situation.