Young, resolute, rather handsome and apparently compassionate too, what more could a country ask for in a PM?

 

Canada’s new Prime Minister has been sweeping the internet in the past few months, but let me assure you, it is not solely because he has a pretty face.

‘Canada is back, my friends. Canada is back and here to help’.

Justin Trudeau has promised to help indigenous communities who are suffering from poverty, cut carbon emissions, push towards stronger gun control and is continuously making efforts to battle issues that Canada faces on a daily basis. Not only is Canada’s liberal Prime Minister looking highly promising for the country’s future, but he is also righting wrongs from the past following an official apology for the abuse Aboriginals had faced.

More than 100 years ago, the Aboriginal population living in Canada were mistreated when approximately 150,000 children were separated from their families and then forced to endure physical abuse within schools. The Prime Minister has also called out for the Pope to apologise, as the schools the Aboriginal children attended were mostly run by Christian churches.

So far, Trudeau has behaved just as a model Prime Minister should, don’t you think? However, one aspect of his agenda which may seem controversial is the proposition of legalising marijuana. The Prime Minister has stated that he is pro-marijuana because of personal values and to ‘protect the vulnerable, while respecting people’s freedoms’. It can of course be objected that by legalising marijuana, the idea of it would also be normalised. One fear is that this could have a negative impact on the younger generation, causing them to become influenced because of the regularity of seeing marijuana being used. Despite this line of argument though, Trudeau does exhibit a strong stance on the Canadian people’s freedom and that is something to admire.

More recently, the Canadian Prime Minister greeted the Syrian refugees who arrived in Canada earlier this month. He commented: ‘Tonight they step off the plane as refugees, but they walk out of this terminal as permanent residents of Canada’. Canada, unlike Europe and the US, is prepared to welcome thousands of refugees with open arms to truly show human compassion at its best.

As Justin Trudeau hands out winter coats to Syrian refugees, I silently think to myself, ‘Oh, if only our Prime Minister was a bit more like him.’

 

Sources:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/12/world/americas/syria-refugees-arrive-in-canada.html?_r=0

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-address-climate-change-paris-1.3343394

http://indianexpress.com/article/business/business-others/on-canada-pm-trudeaus-legislative-agenda-cutting-down-pollution-removing-poverty-and-legalizing-marijuana/?SocialMedia

https://news.vice.com/article/justin-trudeau-promises-new-gun-control-and-a-smaller-canadian-military?utm_source=vicenewstwitter

http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/election/liberals-committed-to-legalizing-marijuana-trudeau-1.2588260