Canada’s Trudeau urges Filipino Canadians to run for public office
MANILA, Philippines – Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau urges Canadians of Filipino descent to run for public office to ensure diversity in the Canadian government.
Speaking with TV personality Melissa Grelo during the virtual celebration of Philippine Heritage Month, Trudeau said it was important to maintain diversity in government so that different sectors, such as the Filipino community in the Canada, are well represented in critical aspects of governance.
Trudeau said this has been a hallmark of his tenure – encouraging different communities in Canada to join the government so that decision-making takes a broader perspective.
“When we set out to have Canada’s first-ever gender-balanced cabinet, it was about making sure voices are heard, not just the voices of women, but of incredibly diverse MPs and government leaders. . And for me, making sure that our institutions and our businesses and our leaders reflect the diversity of Canada and look like Canada, is really, really, important, ”Trudeau said.
“So it’s really, really important to me to have all the diversity of Canada in government, in our institutions, and I’ve worked really, really hard to encourage as often as possible. […] we need strong Filipino Canadians, especially to run across the country and run for office, and to run for the Liberal Party is something I really hope, ”he said. he adds.
According to Trudeau, leaving decision-making and other problem-solving processes to a group whose members have a similar profile would likely result in overly predictable solutions.
However, this changes if more people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to participate in political practices.
“If you bring people together with all kinds of different backgrounds, all kinds of different stories, and put them to the same problem, the solutions will not only be deeper, more thoughtful, more creative, more interesting, but they will will also be more likely to be relevant to a wider range of people who wish to address these challenges, ”Trudeau said.
Filipino Heritage Month is celebrated every June in Canada, born out of a proposal in 2016 that would allow the country to recognize the contributions of the Filipino community to society.
In a light moment during the interview, Trudeau admitted that his favorite Filipino dish is chicken adobo – and that his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, has tried cooking it before.
“I must be adobo chicken, I’m a big, big fan, and Sophie actually learned to do it a bit and so it’s something that we have every now and then,” Trudeau said when Grelo told her. asked which Filipino dish he likes the most.
“And I have to admit I have to go to Jollibee every once in a while, both Manila but mostly Winnipeg, and that spaghetti thing that I don’t quite understand. But the mango pie and everything in between was just amazing, ”he added.
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