#TeamTrudeau versus #MacronMania: who is hotter?
A recent picture of an embrace between Justin Trudeau and French President Emanuel Macron has set the internet on fire. Along with the streets of Paris, internet chat-rooms are burning down with sensual speculation, guided by one simple question:
Who of these two men is more attractive?
Beauty standards have changed wildly over the years. While it was once desirable to be fat and untanned—both signs of material wealth and wellness—the opposite is now true. Similarly, whereas the Greco-Roman concept of masculinity had been held in high esteem since the Victorian era, recent shifts in popular culture and opinion have subsumed the cliches of the “Alpha Male” with an effeminizing “Nerd Chic.” It is in this cultural context, and no other previous historic time-period, that one may find either man attractive.
So—keeping that in mind—Macron looks like a little boy. He looks like a teacher’s pet—the kind of guy who would marry his high school teacher. This is, of course, not meant to be taken literally—I’m sure his wife is a beautiful young woman, and not at least 20 years older than him. I’ll give Macron a 6/10 because he is a world leader and that is worth a solid 3 points.
As for Trudeau, what more can be said? The guy looks like a Renaissance depiction of a cherub. His eyelashes look like a bird’s eye view of the dark, luscious Douglas fir trees that populate Canada’s coniferous forests. His hair—it’s great. He just has great hair. It’s a good thing, because without that hairdo he’d look like an inappropriately sexy monk out of The Name of the Rose. I’ll give him a good 69/115, with points taken off for crippling Canada’s oil industry.
In conclusion, it’s a tie.
What do you think? Do you find any male world leader attractive? Leave a comment below!
The Minister of Labour has announced that a $15 minimum wage is part of Canada’s future.
During Question Period on Tuesday, Liberal Minister Filomena Tassi told the House that the government “remains committed” to Canada’s workers, and that a $15 minimum wage is a part of the Liberal Party’s “plan for the future.”
The proposed $15 minimum wage may be an idea inspired by the Wynne government of Ontario, who had planned to raise the wage to $15. The wage was raised to $14, and the newly elected Ford government scrapped plans to raise it to the $15 figure. The sudden raise in the wage led to businesses closing shop, reduced hours for workers, layoffs and increased prices.
the New Democrats also made a $15 minimum wage a cornerstone of their platform in 2019. In a September 2nd Labour Day statement, the NDP stated that “Jagmeet and the NDP are committed to raising the federal minimum wage to $15 right away–and growing that to a living wage.”
It’s a change of tone for the party from back in 2016. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that they would not follow in provincial footsteps to raise minimum wages, at one point even rejecting that raising the federal minimum wage was apart of his governmen’ts economic strategy.
Charges have been laid after a Barrie teen was killed in an automotive collision last month.
Barrie Police say a 17-year-old and 19-year-old man were arrested and charged Saturday in connection with the crash that killed 17-year-old Paige Ferreira
Barrie police communications co-ordinator Peter Leon told the Barrie Today that charges were laid based on shocking video evidence, as well as statements from witnesses obtained by investigators.
“All I can say is there was an interaction that took place between the two vehicles prior to the crash,” Leon said. “There was evidence to support the charges.”
Police say the investigation will remain closed “unless something else materializes,” said Leon.
“As a result of the investigation, it should serve as a message that people need to operate their motor vehicles cautiously and in respect of the law.”
The vehicle reportedly left the road before jumping a snowbank and striking a road sign before rolling over multiple times.
After the crash, Simcoe County Paramedics rushed Ferreira to the hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. One of the drivers was taken to hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.
The two men are charged with dangerous driving causing death. Police have yet to confirm what the role of the 19-year-old was in the crash.
Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer was not invited to a Liberal-led meeting of opposition parties after comments made earlier Tuesday.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reportedly invited Bloc Quebecois Leader Blanchet, Green Leader Elizabeth May, and New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh.
According to Green Leader Elizabeth May, Scheer was excluded from the meeting because of the “speech that Mr. Scheer gave following the prime minister’s statement was viewed as disqualifying him from participation in a discussion on how to find solutions.”
When Trudeau himself was asked about the matter, he confirmed that it was Scheer’s statements earlier that he deemed “unacceptable speech.”
Jagmeet Singh also called Scheer’s speech “reprehensible” and “divisive,” saying that the comments were “designed to pit some groups against another.”
The Conservative Party Leader did, in fact, have some strong words for Trudeau—though whether or not they were what other party leaders are calling them is up for debate.
Scheer had heavily criticized Trudeau’s inaction over the anti-pipeline blockades, calling them “the weakest response to a national crisis in Canadian history.”
“Let me be clear Mr. Speaker, standing between our country and prosperity is a small group of radical activists, many of whom have little to no connection to First Nations communities. A bunch of radical activists who won’t rest until our oil and gas industry is entirely shut down,” said Scheer.
“Now they may have the luxury of not having to go to work every day. They may have the luxury of not facing repercussions for skipping class, but they are blockading our ports, our railways, and our borders and roads and highways. They are appropriating an Indigenous agenda which they are willfully misrepresenting.”
Trudeau responded to the comments in the House of Commons later on Tuesday afternoon, explaining that it was the CPC’s deliberate misunderstanding of reconciliation that was behind the exclusion.
“The Conservative Party of Canada continues to demonstrate that it willfully and deliberately tries to misunderstand the reality of reconciliation in this country, and that is why they were excluded from a constructive conversation on how to move forward as a country on the path of reconciliation,” said Trudeau.
When asked by Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchett about if there was any timeline in place for the removal of protestors, Trudeau stated that the government was willing to meet with Wet’suwet’en to find a solution, again giving no details.
Mohawk Council of Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon called on anti-pipeline protestors to end the rail blockades as a “show of good faith.”
“Bringing down the blockades doesn’t mean that you surrender. It doesn’t mean we’re going to lay down and let them kick us around. No, it would show compassion,” he said.
“I’m simply pleading with the protesters … Have you made your point yet? Has the government and industry understood? I think they did.”
Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer gave a similar message earlier Tuesday at the House of Commons, when he called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s response to the protestors “the weakest response to a national crisis in Canadian history.”
Scheer highlighted that the majority of members of the Wet’suwet’en people were in support of the coastal gas link project. “Every single elected band council on the gas link route supports this project. The majority of hereditary chiefs support this project.”
“The prime minister’s elevation of these protestors to the same level of the thousands of men and women in First Nation communities who have in good faith been trying to right the wrongs of Canadian history, does a disservice to the spirit of reconciliation. And the prime minister has emboldened and encouraged them.”
In response to Chief Simon’s comments, Mohawks in Kanehsatake barricaded the council office Tuesday morning.
“People are suffering across the country because of this blockade–and not just non-Indigenous people. Indigenous people as well. Shortages in propane and probably food supplies are going to start getting critical if this continues,” Chief Simon said of the blockades.