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Corbella: Young women turn their backs on Trudeau's hypocrisy

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04.04.2019

Irony and hypocrisy are close bedfellows. Both were evident in extraordinary ways in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Less than one day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked two strong women out of the Liberal caucus for telling the truth about the SNC-Lavalin scandal, 338 young women — called Daughters of the Vote — sat in the members’ seats in the Commons with the stated aim of inspiring young women to participate in politics.

What these young women leaders — one from every federal riding in the country — undoubtedly learned, however, was that politics can be a punitive career for women of conscience and conviction. If you have the courage to be a whistleblower in order to protect the constitutional principle of prosecutorial independence, for instance, be prepared to have your career blown away.

While the PM spoke, it’s reported that about 40 to 50 of those young women stood up and turned their backs on him to protest his treatment of Canada’s first Indigenous attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, and former Treasury Board president Jane Philpott, whom he turfed from the Liberal caucus Tuesday evening and who are now sitting as Independent MPs in the far corners of the House for “speaking truth to power.”

It’s ironic that this self-declared feminist prime minister who vowed to “do politics differently” was being shunned by young feminists for doing politics in the same old way.

Canada’s only female prime minister, Kim........

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