During last weekend’s Conservative Party convention, interim leader Rona Ambrose suggested that Justin Trudeau was not our first “female” Prime Minister, but that that distinction went to Kim Campbell.
It was met with a round of applause, resonating with the conservative crowd, but not so much with the Canadian public, who saw it as just another opposition cheap shot, born of envy.
She would later deny she said it, or claim that her comment was misinterpreted, but we’ve seen the video. There’s no backing out now.
However, her closing remark is even more telling. “So who’s the feminist now!?” Certainly not Rona Ambrose, because you don’t have to be a female to be a feminist, any more than you have to be a feminist to be female. Today, it’s about a state of mind.
In fact, for the new generation of millennials, it’s more about sexism in general, not just women’s rights, which they already enjoy. Income inequality is still an issue, but they will find the solution, and they will do it because it just makes sense.
Looking at the U.S. Primaries, when the country seems poised to elect their first woman president, it should not be such a shock to anyone that the majority of young women plan to vote for Bernie Sanders, rather than Hillary Clinton. They don’t care about gender, but that Sanders has a better understanding of the problems that impact their lives, while Clinton represents “the establishment.”
In Ambrose’s speech, she lauded previous women Conservative trail blazers (none of whom belonged to her party which was formed in 2003). However, to millennials, these names or their accomplishments would mean little. They don’t have to look to female leaders of the past. They see female leaders everyday, and that’s a good thing. It means that women of my generation have done our jobs.
What they heard from Ambrose would sound like words from the parents in the Peanuts cartoon: “mwa-mwa-mwa”
This is what the opposition and indeed the Canadian media, don’t understand about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He is the epitome of the modern feminist. You don’t have to be macho to be masculine, but you can be. You don’t have to be a female to be a feminist, but you can be. It’s all about equality and doing what’s best for you.
In the United States millennials now outnumber baby boomers, and in Canada, they now represent the majority in the workplace.
The media and politicians, must adapt to this new reality or step aside. Of course Trudeau won the “elbowgate” debate. He was having “a dad moment”. Young parents could relate. But modern feminists could not relate to the aftermath.
Pierre Elliot Trudeau came along at the right time, as we baby boomers were coming of age. We were also anti-establishment and viewed his antics through a different lens than the media and his political opponents. The same is happening today with his son.
At the Conservative convention they have now embraced the baby boomer generation, even quoting PET’s famous remarks about staying out of the bedrooms, but it’s half a century too late. We’ve moved on.
Our children and grandchildren did not grow up with the aproned women chained to the kitchen. They grew up with us.
Now it’s time for the media and members of the opposition parties to just grow up. . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: What Our Media Doesn’t Understand About Feminism Makes Rona Ambrose Look Enlightened
During last weekend’s Conservative Party convention, interim leader Rona Ambrose suggested that Justin Trudeau was not our first “female” Prime Minister, but that that distinction went to Kim Campbell.It was met with a round of applause, resonating wit… . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: What Our Media Doesn’t Understand About Feminism Makes Rona Ambrose Look Enlightened
By a Seniorly ContributorWhen we think of millennials, we often focus on their digital technology-driven culture and overlook the fact that they are some of the smartest, most selfless people we know. Millennials these days are driven by … . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A New Age of Caregiving: Grandchildren Caring for Grandparents
The Harper Re-election Disaster Bus Totalitarianism: daily, for 11 weeks!
Get used to this.
People hate Harper and his Conservatives. We will see through his weak attempt to wedge oppositions parties by running a long election campaign because he has more money to spend.
Saturation will come fast.
We will remember how much contempt . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: 11 Weeks of Daily Harper Protests
The Vancouver transit plebiscite offers the opportunity to build the ideal city for millennials, argues freelance writer and photographer, Rhi Myfanwy Kirkland.
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Tuesday night in the back room of The Tipper bar/bistro/restaurant on Kingsway at Victoria we are holding our Inception Meeting for a new kind of co-working space in Vancouver, one structured as a co-op.
You can read about the project in The Georgia Straight piece last week, and on the project webpage at Incipe, the . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Vancouver’s Co-Working Co-op Stimulates Worker Empowerment
Steve Harper, the greatest threat to Canadian security in the modern era.
Happy August! Happy Day!
I have a few comments about this, the 1,000th editorial at Politics, Re-Spun. But you can read them below, about my sabbatical plan, new visions for this almost 12-year-old website, and other things.
But at the top . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Welcome to the 1,000th Politics, Re-Spun Editorial!
It’s not unusual to see unemployment rates of around 6-8% these days. But if you have always had the feeling that more than one in sixteen people is unemployed, you’re right. The capitalist machine likes to use that low number to avoid the greater reality that almost 30% of British Columbians from 15-64 are not . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: BC Is Actually “Missing” More Than 94,000 Jobs #SpinAlert
Faisal and Azeem, getting it done!
Platitudes and paternalism aside, the 21st century actually does belong to the young. And not that they’re OUR future, like an extension of us, but that we are stewarding the future for them.
And we’re doing a pretty horrible job of it. But since we’re not idiots, . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: I Believe the Children Are Our Future: Barf
Click the chart to see more inspiring charts! Descending/increasing lines indicate less/more concern among different generations of high school graduates for the various ideas.
I have so much hope for the future. Sometimes I get bogged down by negativity, but that’s usually just circumstantial. It passes.
Much of my hope comes from observing . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: What Young People Are Teaching Us About Empathy
Is there a Baby Boomer so dim in this land of rackets and swindles who thinks that he or she will escape the wrath of the Millennials rising? The developing story is so obvious that only an academic economist could fail to notice. – James Howard Kunstler, Democratic Underground
This was not my intended topic . . . → Read More: Boreal Citizen: The bumpy road to Boomer responsibility
It’s 9am, do you know where your millennial employees are? No? No worries. It’s all good. They’re not factory chickens.
People who study characteristics of different generations have some incredibly important things to say about how different groups work. Organizations, however, are typically run by older people with their own generation-influenced work . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: How Millennials Can Improve Everyone’s Job Satisfaction
If Generation X, the class of ’61 to ’81, is truly disengaged, disinterested, disbelieving of global warming and its impacts, what does that hold for the future?
As the Boomers retire and fade in both economic and political influence, it is the X’ers who inherit the reins of power or whatever is left of . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Will Generation X Face Revolt?
Change the manner in which information flows and the power structures will soon follow. Politics are changing in this country and for once it’s not because of the blasted baby boomers, although they have played a hand in bringing about the change because it is their offspring that is changing the face of Canada. . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: Millennials Are Changing the Face of Canadian Politics