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Canada’s New Prime Minister Says He Picked a Cabinet That’s Half Women “Because It’s 2015”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a press conference at Rideau Hall after being sworn in.

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Dreamy heartthrob Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Canada’s prime minister on Wednesday. The 43-year-old’s sunny, optimistic demeanor has already changed the post-election tone in Canadian politics. How long that lasts, of course, remains to be seen. But Trudeau on Wednesday continued his hot streak by introducing his 30-person Cabinet that had just as many women as men—a first for the country.

From the Globe and Mail:

Justin Trudeau is ushering in a new era in Canadian politics with a cabinet that is reflective of the country’s ethnic diversity, peppered with rookie politicians, and composed of more women than ever before… After the swearing-in ceremony, Mr. Trudeau addressed reporters and other members of the public outside Rideau Hall saying he was proud to “present to Canada a cabinet that looks like Canada.”

When asked why he opted for gender equity, Trudeau responded: “Because it’s 2015.” The current 16-person Cabinet in the Obama administration, by comparison, is made up of just 25 percent women.