The Politics Of The Liberal Party

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Almost a year ago, Canada was premised on a conservative government that centered on protecting and upholding traditional laws and values. Now, we are transitioning from conservatism to liberalism. The Liberal Party, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, stresses the need for equality, specifically gender equality that is a key element of liberalism. Gender equality advocates for same sex marriage, anti-discrimination laws as well empowering marginalized groups including the Indigenous people and women. Women in particular, have been in a disadvantaged position even before laws were made. Society has deemed women unequal to men, thereby excluding them from participating in important matters such as running for public office, legislating laws or even as simple as having an opinion. Conservatism solidified the patriarchal society, thus rendering women incompetent and irrelevant. However, with the change in administration comes the change in ideology. Unlike conservatism, liberalism welcomes and accepts change. A key platform of liberalism is women’s empowerment and this has been established through the creation of SlutWalk. SlutWalk is a protest movement that emerged in Toronto, Canada following the remark of police officer, Constable Michael Sanguinetti. In January 2011, Constable Sanguinetti made the statement that “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized” (Toronto Star, 2011). His tactless remarks earned national and international outrage, from
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