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Heather Scoffield: On feminism, Trudeau should put his money where his mouth is

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06.06.2019

Justin Trudeau was in his element at the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver.

Standing in front of an enormous gathering of feminists from around the world on Tuesday, he humble-bragged about his government's performance. Canada hasn't done as well on pay equity as he hoped, he lamented, but at least he could point to a gender-balanced cabinet.

But let's take a close look at that carefully calibrated cabinet. The most powerful money portfolios are mainly in the hands of men — same as it ever was — and women in charge of economic policy decisions are hard to find.

There's Joyce Murray, who became president of the Treasury Board in March to replace Jane Philpott, who was in the position for about five minutes to replace the quitting Scott Brison.

But there has never been a female minister of finance or Bank of Canada governor. Under Trudeau, the minister at the head of the huge Innovation, Science and Economic Development department has always been a man — Navdeep Bains. International Trade was once run by Chrystia Freeland, but then it was Francois-Philippe Champagne and now........

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