Yay progress and all that.
But I did cringe when he responded to; "Why'd you do it?" With "BECAUSE ITS TWENTY-FIFTEEN."
See, I'd agree, if any of the women had those positions solely because of their vagina, and not because of their competence. However, all of them are reasonably suited for the positions which they have obtained. Ergo, meritocracy remains preserved: They got their positions by competence first, gender second. All Trudaeu did was--from his list of candidates--consciously choose to pick a cabinet with the widest range of representation of the various genders and races that coexist peacefully within Canada. Which, while such quotas may not be appropriate in the free market (for many complicated reasons of individual value), in government? It makes sense. Government is elected by
the people to represent the people, so if 50% of the people are women, why not make 50% of the cabinet women if there are a sufficient number of specialists who possess a vagina who are capable of performing the job?
Also, he consciously chose to do it by his own volition. He hasn't mandated a law that says "50% of the cabinet must be women even if you have to staff it with incompetent gender studies majors", there's no law in place that can prevent the next government from choosing not to make 50% of the cabinet women. It was his own choice based on who he felt could best represent the country.
And you know what we got?
A scientifically, financially, and medically trained cabinet representative of the population, who hold educational and experience backgrounds which qualify them for their jobs.
I'll take it. It's rare to see meritocracy and diversity coexist so peacefully, so let's take this for the victory it is for everyone involved.