Rolling Stone opens it’s cover story on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (“Why Can’t He Be Our President?”) thusly:
It’s strange to witness: He speaks in a modulated, indoor voice. His dark hair is a color found in nature. At home, there is a glamorous wife and three photogenic children, still not old enough to warm his seat at next week’s G-20 summit or be involved in an espionage scandal.
When Trudeau moves on to his feminist bona fides (women and minorities make up more than half of his Cabinet), he pauses for a moment, but does not lose his train of thought. His words are coherent and will not need to be run through Google Translate when he is done (except if you want to translate his French into English).
He talks about steps taken to deal with the opioid crisis and mentions the country’s dropping unemployment rate. He uses the original Clintonian recipe on the crowd: “We’re focused on getting people into good careers and helping families get ahead and stay ahead,” he says. “But we know there’s more hard work in front of us than there is behind us.”
Then he gives the press corps a high-five. “The back and forth between the press and government is essential to any good democracy,” he says. “When you’re at your best, it reminds us and challenges us to be at ours. So thank you all for your tireless work.”
Where are we? Narnia? Coachella recovery tent? 2009? We are in Ottawa, Ontario, a mere 560 miles from Washington, D.C.
It’s another world up north.
Check out the entire article here.
While President Trump may be ignoring Pride Month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rocked the world as he marched in Toronto’s Pride Parade this past weekend.
Let’s check the boxes in this one pic (above):
1. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
2. At Pride
3. Wearing rainbow socks
4. High-fiving a little girl dressed as Wonder Woman
5. Rainbow flag Canadian maple leaf on his left cheek
And the crowd goes wild…
Some news items you may have missed:
• The Twitterverse lost its mind over this (above) pic of Candadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s backside. Let’s take a moment, shall we?
• File this under irony – Congressman Louie Gohmert, the man who authored legislation making it legal for people with mental health issues to buy guns, now won’t do town hall meetings because he’s afraid he’ll be killed. Later in the day, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was shot while in office, issued a statement telling Gohmert to “have some courage.”
• Grace Slick, of Jefferson Starship fame, is licensing the band’s song “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” to anti-LGBT company Chick-Fil-A for use in a commercial because she’s donating all the royalties to Lambda Legal. “I decided to spend the cash in direct opposition to ‘Check’-fil-A’s causes — and to make a public example of them, too. We’re going to take some of their money, and pay it back.”
• The Arkansas state Supreme Court has struck down a city ordinance banning discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Because banning discrimination is a bad thing???
• White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway was reportedly yanked off TV appearances for a week after she went “off message” telling the media that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had the “complete confidence of the president” just hours before being sacked.
• In light of the Trump-Pence Administation rescinding important protections for trans students in schools, dozens of LGBT rights and progressive groups will be leading a protest rally (cosponsored by the New York City Council, GLSEN, GLAAD, and Lambda Legal) this afternoon outside the Stonewall Inn in downtown Manhattan. The event begins at 5:30PM. More info at the event’s Facebook page here.
Some news items you may have missed:
• Ok, I may have a new Instahunk crush – Brazilian dentist-turned-model, Kadu Giacomini
• President-elect Donald Trump accuses CIA chief of leaking 35 page Russian dossier.
• Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces transgender inmates will be housed according to gender identity.
• Donald Trump cabinet pick bought stock in company days before introducing a bill to help it.
• Rob Schneider, that guy from “The Waterboy,” decided he needed to explain Martin Luther King Jr. – on Martin Luther King Jr. Day – to Rep. John Lewis, who was standing next to Martin Luther King Jr. on the day of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.
• And the next time you think you’ve had a bad day just remember: this young lady is aware that “the internet is forever.”
Toronto Pride Parade kicked off today with a history making moment as Justin Trudeau becomes the first sitting Prime Minister of Canada to march in an LGBT Pride Parade.
This is not Trudeau’s first Pride parade – just his first as Prime Minister 🙂
From the Ottawa Citizen:
Other notable politicians who will march include Ontario’s premier, Kathleen Wynne, and the mayor of Toronto, John Tory.
Before the parade, Trudeau attended an outdoor church service in the heart of the city’s gay village where he sang along to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”
From World News Daily Report:
Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and the New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair, made a surprising stunt yesterday, to denounce the killings that made 50 people in a gay bar in Orlando, Florida.
The two politicians, known for their dislike of each other, gathered for the first time in a joint press conference, yesterday They completely surprised the media and the world, by kissing languidly for several seconds, to fight homophobic prejudices and denounce the recent violence against the LGBT community.
“What happened in Orlando was so terrible, that we didn’t have a choice but to react strongly,” said Mr. Mulcair, moments after the kiss. “Unfortunately, many people still have problems accepting the simple fact of seeing two men kissing each other, and that’s why this kind of gesture becomes so important. When Mr. Trudeau called me to suggest that we should kiss, I must admit that I hesitated a little. However, he quickly convinced me that it was a good idea! It was for a good cause, and to be honest, it was quite a kiss!”
Some news stories you may have missed:
• A Canadian history first: a rainbow flag celebrating Pride Month was raised at Parliament Hill, and Justin Trudeau is the first prime minister to do it.
• A “sex professor” at Men’s Health has found that 10% of men and women experience “coregasms” when working their abs and core muscles.
• Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s opposition to marriage equality ends up costing her state $500,000.
• Fox News’ Megyn Kelly calls Donald Trump’s attacks on his Trump University judge’s Mexican heritage “out of line.”
• Speaking of the Trumpster, he now says Hillary Clinton “has to go to jail” after her epic speech on his lack of foreign policy bona fides yesterday. #WrongAgain
• Things got violent outside Donald Trump’s San Jose rally in California as protesters and supporters clashed.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 20 years since a Prime Minister of Canada has been to the White House on a state visit. I mean, they’re just next door, eh?
That was rectified today as President Obama welcomed the “quite good looking” Prime Minister of Canada, newly elected Justin Trudeau, to the White House Rose Garden.
From President Obama’s remarks:
“I’m proud to be the first American President to stand with a Canadian Prime Minister and be able to say that — in both our nations — health care is not a privilege for a few but is now a right for all.
And as two vast and vibrant societies, we reaffirm that our diversity is our strength — whether your family was among the first native peoples to live on these lands or refugees we welcomed just yesterday. Whether you pray in a church or a synagogue, or a temple, or a mosque. Where, no matter what province or state you live in, you have the freedom to marry the person that you love.”
There were light-heated moments during the appearance as Trudeau noted that the former Montreal Expos (Trudeau’s childhood favorite MLB team) are now the Washington Nationals, and Obama reminded Trudeau that the NHL’s top prize Stanley Cup currently resides in Obama’s hometown of Chicago thanks to the Chicago Blackhawks.