In honour of Gender Equality Week in Canada, September 23-27, 2019, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement on September 22 on the Liberal Party's efforts to promote gender equality. Trudeau has been vocal about his own feminist stance since he was elected as Prime Minister. However, a poll that was released on September 23 shows that just 24 percent of Canadian women believe that Justin Trudeau is a feminist.
The same poll said that 63 percent of women don't feel like they are better off living as women in Canada since Trudeau has been elected. When asked if the Liberals have done a good job creating job opportunities for women, however, 54 percent said yes, they have.
In the statement released by the Liberal Party, Trudeau says that one way the Liberals have moved forward in gender equality has been by announcing the steps they are taking toward improving childcare in Canada, such as nearly doubling federal spending on childcare services. They are also working toward making tax-free maternity leave a reality.
"Because child care still falls disproportionately to women, these measures represent an important step forward for gender equality and will make a difference for families across Canada," says the statement.
It goes on to say that the "Liberal government has put gender equality at the heart of our work since day one."
Further in the statement, Trudeau goes on to list the steps his government has taken toward gender equality.
"We passed unprecedented pay equity legislation, and legislation that added gender identity and expression as a protected ground in the Canada Human Rights Act," it says.
"We took action to promote women’s leadership on boards and in the C-suite, and boosted support for women entrepreneurs with a plan to double the number of women entrepreneurs by 2025," it goes on.
"We also created the first ever federal Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence, and with our National Housing Strategy, we’ve created more than 7,000 shelter spaces for survivors of family violence, and are making sure women, their families and their kids have access to safe, affordable housing."
However, Canadian women still don't seem too convinced, as seen in the tweets below.
CTV News reports that the poll conducted by DART and Maru/Blue surveyed 753 randomly selected adult Canadian women who are members of their online panel.
Trudeau has been shaded in the past for his behaviour towards women. Remember the rally for Bianca Andreescu that had everyone talking about the Prime Minister? He's been called a fake feminist before, too. He has been called out for groping a reporter in the past as well. Looks like we will have to wait until the election on October 21 to see how Canadians truly feel about Justin Trudeau.